The group of Sandra Junglen has discovered a novel virus during work on a project by the Germany Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The virus belongs to the so-called phleboviruses which are transmitted by sandflies. The German-Kenyan team found the virus in these tiny blood-feeding insects and isolated it in the laboratory. Blood tests showed that humans can be infected. The finding may provide a novel explanation for unknown disease causes, such as in patients with fever or meningoencephalitis. The investigation of unknown causes of human disease is among the main goals of the institute of virology.
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