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Other zoonoses by similar viruses

Ebola, Nipah, Hendra

Rabies is an ancient disease that has caused many deaths. It has been terrifying to humans because it is a zoonosis (it affects both humans and animals) and because once the victim shows symptoms, it is almost certainly fatal.

This video explains that several other diseases have recently emerged with similar characteristics: all are examples of zoonosis, are associated with high mortality, and the causal virus shares with rabies the same type of genome and replication strategy.

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Depending on the geographic area in which you live, you may be more or less familiar with any of these three diseases. Was there anything you found surprising?

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Animal Viruses: Their Transmission and the Diseases They Produce

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