Senin, 01 Juni 2009

Virus Lujo Yang Mematikan

Ilmuwan mengidentifikasi virus mematikan baru di Afrika. Virus yang disebut Lujo itu bisa menyebabkan pendarahan seperti layaknya terjangkit virus Ebola.
Virus itu sudah menginfeksi penduduk yang tinggal Zambia dan Afrika Selatan.

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Empat diantaranya tewas, tapi yang kelima selamat karena mendapat pengobatan yang direkomendasikan oleh ilmuwan. Hingga kini belum jelas bagaimana virus itu bisa menginfeksi manusia, tapi kuman itu berasal dari keluarga virus yang ditemukan pada binatang pengerat, kata Dr Ian Lipkin, dari Columbia University yang terlibat dalam penemuan itu. virus itu sendiri dinilai sangat agresif.
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Laporan penyebaran virus itu yang dikeluarkan oleh Lipkin dan sejawatnya dipublikasikan di PLoS Pathogens. Wabah itu mulai terjadi pada September, saat agen perjalanan yang tinggal pinggiran Lusaka, Zambia sakit demam dan makin parah. Dia diterbangkan ke Johannesburg, Afrika Selatan dan tewas.

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