Scientists identify new lethal virus in Africa

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Lujo is an arenavirus, similar to the one shown here.

May 29, 2009 ATLANTA (AP) – Scientists have identified a lethal new virus in Africa that causes bleeding like the dreaded Ebola virus. The so-called “Lujo” virus infected five people in Zambia and South Africa last fall. Four of them died, but a fifth survived, perhaps helped by a medicine recommended by the scientists. Full Report

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