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The World in Medicine
February 18, 2009

Ebola-Reston Virus

JAMA. 2009;301(7):712. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.169

Health authorities reported last month that a farm worker in the Philippines had tested positive for the Ebola-Reston virus. The infected individual had been exposed to pigs infected with the virus, the first known outbreak of the virus in swine. The Ebola-Reston virus previously caused outbreaks in macaques in the Philippines.

Unlike some other members of the filovirus family that cause deadly hemorrhagic fever, the Ebola-Reston species is not known to cause serious illness in humans. Of the small number of humans found to have been infected through contact with sick monkeys, only one person became ill—with mild flu-like symptoms—and experienced a full recovery. According to the Philippines' Department of Health, the farm worker is apparently healthy and had claimed no major illness in the past year (http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/2168).

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