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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 19, 2014

African Field Expedition Leads to Discovery of New Virus

JAMA. 2014;311(7):668. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.568

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.