oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Fatal Rift Valley Fever of man in Rhodesia

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



An article which appeared in this journal a few years ago (Swanepoel and Cruickshank, 1974) had the purpose of drawing the attention of the medical profession in Rhodesia to diseases caused by arthropod-borne viruses. Since publication of that article one of the diseases, Rift Valley fever (RVF), has assumed considerable importance. RVF has long been known as an acute febrile disease associated with abortions and deaths in sheep and cattle. It was known to produce mild to severe influenza- like illness in man, sometimes with serious ocular sequelae, but it has only recently been realised that the disease may be associated with human fatalities on a significant scale.

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