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A virus changes its stripes: Human outbreak of eastern equine encephalitis

Science Daily, August 23, 2013

In the summer of 2010, the eastern Panamanian province of Darien experienced a phenomenon that had never been seen before in Latin America: a human outbreak of eastern equine encephalitis. “Until the Darien outbreak, we had become convinced that the virus in South America was fundamentally different in its ability to infect people and cause serious disease," said UTMB professor Scott Weaver, senior author of a paper on the epidemic appearing in the Aug. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “This epidemic broke that dogma's back very quickly.” The news also appears in BioNews Texas, BioPortfolio and RedOrbit.

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