New hemorrhagic virus related to Ebola and rabies, research finds

09/27/2012 | NBC News

Scientists have sequenced a newly identified virus that killed two teenagers in Congo in 2009 and infected at least two nurses, finding that it is related to both Ebola and rabies, two severe, devastating diseases. Scientists suspect the Bas-Congo virus, which causes an acute hemorrhagic fever, may be transmitted by biting insects or bats as well as contact between humans. "This is probably the tip of the iceberg. I believe there are many, many more of these emerging viruses that have yet to be discovered," said Dr. Charles Chiu of the University of California, San Francisco.

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