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Description:Under a highly magnified view of 168,000x this transmission electron micrographic (TEM) image revealed ultrastructural details of a Nipah virus nucleocapsid, a virus which was named for the location in Malaysia where it was first isolated.
As a member of the Paramyxoviridae family of viruses, Nipah virus was initially isolated in 1999 after diagnostic test had been performed upon human tissue samples acquired during an outbreak of encephalitis, and respiratory illness among adult men in Malaysia and Singapore. Among emerging viruses, Nipah virus is particularly deadly, killing up to 70 percent of the people it infects. With this high mortality rate, health officials are concerned about it potentially becoming an emerging threat as an agent of biological terrorism.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ C. S. Goldsmith; P. Rota
Creation Date:1999
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Links:CDC – Special Pathogens Branch - Hendra Virus Disease and Nipah Virus Encephalitis
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