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28 - 11 - 2016

The Mayaro virus is under surveillance

The Dengue, Zika or Chikingunya viruses are threatening us. But other viruses like the Mayaro virus, also transmitted by mosquitoes, must be monitored. This virus, known to humans since 1954, causes fever and joint pain. It is present in rodents and monkeys in the forests of Central and South America.
Scientists fear for an epidemic and are monitoring its spread and mutations. Today, no simple diagnostic test is available and the models used to study the virus are human and animal cell cultures and animal models for infection.