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Table of Contents: September 2012

A novel rhabdovirus, Bas-Congo virus (BASV), has been identified in association with an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in a remote village in Bas-Congo, Africa (see Grard et al., doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002924). A phylogenetic tree of rhabdoviruses and silhouettes of their associated host species are superimposed on top of a map of Africa showing countries affected by viral hemorrhagic fever (in color). The orange-red sphere designates both the position of BASV in the phylogenetic tree and the geographic origin of the BASV-associated outbreak. The photo depicts spontaneous bleeding from the arm of an affected patient with hemorrhagic fever.

Image Credit: Charles Chiu, University of California, San Francisco and Eric Leroy, Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville.

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