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Since Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) was first identified in 1931, after an investigation of an epizootic among sheep on a farm in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, the understanding of this zoonotic disease has grown considerably (1).
In addition to studying HIV entry, members of his lab have studied a number of emerging viral diseases, including West Nile virus, Rift Valley Fever virus, and Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus.
According to Aarthi Narayanan, lead investigator of the study from Mason's National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, curcumin, found in turmeric, stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells.
Abattoir waste carries high levels of microorganisms that cause disease in humans and animals, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli bacteria, Rift Valley fever virus, and parasites that cause toxoplasmosis and trichinellosis.
The current study was based on a chainof connections: Weather satellites can measure green vegetation, which in turn represents the amount of rainfall, which is related to the flood conditions that produce the mosquitoes that carry Rift Valley fever virus.
It is hoped that success against the deadly Ebola virus will lead to further success against other virulent pathogens such as hanta viruses, Marburg virus, Junin virus, Machupo virus, and Rift Valley fever virus.
Periodically, Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) spreads to other areas, including northward into Egypt in 1977 and eastward across the Red Sea into Saudi Arabia and Yemen in 2000 (1-7).
have teamed up to develop and test a broad-spectrum antiviral compound capable of stopping a wide range of highly dangerous viruses, including Ebola, HIV, hepatitis C virus, West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever virus and yellow fever virus, among others.