Karen Libby & Mike Lipinski
Humans & Viruses
Human Biology 115A
Winter, 2000
Robert Siegel, instructor


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Flaviviruses virions are spherical, enveloped, and 40-50 nm in diameter. Flavi contains a linear, plus sense, single-stranded RNA genome. There are about 70 recognized diseases in the Flavi family. 13 cause disease in humans, such as Yellow Fever, Dengue, and Japanese Encephalitis. Common manifestations are febrile illnesses, encephalitis, hemorraging, and hepatitis. Most of theses viruses are transmitted by mosquitos. Hepatitis C, discovered in 1989, is transmitted by blood contact like other Hepatitis viruses, and it is as important as Hepatitis A and B.

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New for 2000

Check out some of the most recent news about flaviviruses in the literature. All 10 of these findings are from 1999-2000.

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