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Description:This transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image depicted a highly magnified view of a tissue that had been infected with Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus. RVF virus is a member of the genus Phlebovirus in the family Bunyaviridae and was first reported in livestock in Kenya around 1900. It is found to be an acute, fever-causing viral disease that affects domestic animals (such as cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, and camels) and humans. RVF is most commonly associated with mosquito-borne epidemics during years of unusually heavy rainfall.
Studies have shown that sleeping outdoors at night in geographical regions where outbreaks occur could be a risk factor for exposure to mosquito and other insect vectors. Animal herdsmen, abattoir workers, and other individuals who work with animals in RVF-endemic areas (areas where the virus is present) have an increased risk for infection. Persons in high-risk professions, such as veterinarians and slaughterhouse workers, have an increased chance of contracting the virus from an infected animal. International travelers increase their chances of getting the disease when they visit RVF-endemic locations during periods when sporadic cases or epidemics are occurring.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ F. A. Murphy; J. Dalrymple
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Links:CDC – Special Pathogens Branch – Rift Valley Fever
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