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Features of Filoviruses

Dr Sampurna Roy MD





Filoviruses are causative agents of a hemorrhagic fever in man with mortalities ranging from 22 to 88%.

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They are enveloped, nonsegmented negative-stranded RNA viruses and are separated into two types, Marburg and Ebola, which can be serologically, biochemically and genetically distinguished.

The natural reservoir for filoviruses remains a mystery.

Filoviruses are prime examples for emerging pathogens.

Factors that may be involved in emergence are international commerce and travel, limited experience in diagnosis and case management, import of nonhuman primates, and the potential of filoviruses for rapid evolution.

Ebola and Marburg viruses: the humans strike back.

Characteristics of Filoviridae: Marburg and Ebola viruses.

Emerging and reemerging of filoviruses.




Dr Sampurna Roy  MD

Consultant  Histopathologist (Kolkata - India)

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