An Exotic Viral Disease Acquired in a Laboratory

Frederick A. Murphy, Karl M. Johnson

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In August 1994, the public was inundated with media coverage of a laboratory accident at the Yale Arbovirus Research Unit that resulted in the hospitalization of a physician-virologist who had become infected with Sabiá virus, an obscure arenavirus from Brazil. The report by Barry et al.1 in this issue of the Journal describes the accident, the patient's clinical care and treatment, and the biosafety-management systems used by the hospital and its clinical laboratories. From the moment the virologist sought medical care, 10 days after he was exposed to Sabiá virus and 2 days after the onset of clinical signs, it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-319
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 3 1995
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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