New arenavirus isolated in Brazil

T. L.M. Coimbra, E. S. Nassar, L. T.M. de Souza, I. B. Ferreira, I. M. Rocco, M. N. Burattini, A. P.A. Travassos da Rosa, P. F.C. Vasconcelos, F. P. Pinheiro, J. W. LeDuc, R. Rico-Hesse, J. P. Gonzalez, R. B. Tesh, P. B. Jahrling

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    A new arenavirus, called Sabiá, was isolated in Brazil from a fatal case of haemorrhagic fever initially thought to be yellow fever. Antigenic and molecular characterisation indicated that Sabiá virus is a new member of the Tacaribe complex. A laboratory technician working with the agent was also infected and developed a prolonged, non-fatal influenza-like illness. Sabiá virus is yet another arenavirus causing human disease in South America.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)391-392
    Number of pages2
    JournalThe Lancet
    Issue number8894
    StatePublished - Feb 12 1994

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    • Medicine(all)

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