A wildlife biologist’s illness contracted during an African field expedition led investigators to discover a new paramyxovirus and develop diagnostic tests to identify the infection in future patients.
The 25-year-old biologist developed fever, malaise, headache, myalgia, arthralgia, stiff neck, metallic taste, and a sore throat in summer 2012 shortly after she returned to the United States from rural areas of South Sudan and Uganda, where she collected bats and rodents for ecologic research.
African Field Expedition Leads to Discovery of New Virus. JAMA. 2014;311(7):668. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.568