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Rift Valley fever is cause for concern

June 23, 2004

Undated-- Another deadly mosquito borne disease could come to the united states. American health officials are on the lookout for Rift Valley Fever-- a disease that is deadlier than West Nile.

It originated in Africa and is at the top of the list of dangerous diseases.

Rift Valley poses a greater threat to cattle and sheep. Thirty species of mosquitoes are capable of carrying it from cattle or sheep to humans, far more than the kind of mosquitoes that can carry West Nile.

You can also can catch it by handling the blood or fluids of an infected animal.

The virus was first identified in a 1930 sheep outbreak in Kenya's rift valley in eastern Africa.

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posted at 4:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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