Aerosol transmission of filoviruses

Berhanu Mekibib, Kevin K Ariën

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Abstract

Filoviruses have become a worldwide public health concern because of their potential for introductions into non-endemic countries through international travel and the international transport of infected animals or animal products. Since it was first identified in 1976, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and Sudan, the 2013-2015 western African Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is the largest, both by number of cases and geographical extension, and deadliest, recorded so far in medical history. The source of ebolaviruses for human index case(s) in most outbreaks is presumptively associated with handling of bush meat or contact with fruit bats. Transmission among humans occurs easily when a person comes in contact with contaminated body fluids of patients, but our understanding of other transmission routes is still fragmentary. This review deals with the controversial issue of aerosol transmission of filoviruses.

Original languageEnglish
JournalViruses
Volume8
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)148
Number of pages16
ISSN1999-4915
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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