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Arthropod-borne virus information exchange Number 15, March 1967
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Arthropod-borne virus information exchange Number 15, March 1967
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    A fortuitous but significant benefit of our kind of Information Exchange is a periodic overview of an emerging disease problem that is of importance not only to the individual investigators. In this issue the various and detailed contributions on hemorrhagic fever studies provide a collective pattern of what is emerging as perhaps the most pressing global virus disease problem facing our collective field and laboratory research resources.

    Recognition, in the last issue, of the recrudescence of yellow fever - definable as one of the hemorrhagic fevers - is now followed by a spontaneous series of reports on other hemorrhagic disease problems of viral etiology.

    The emergence of new hemorrhagic fevers in three continents during the past twenty years is perhaps the most ominous basis for anticipating that other arbovirus and rodent associated viral infections can evolve into serious epidemic diseases. Viral hemorrhagic disease in the U. S.S.R. has erupted in newly recognized epidemic manifestations from the Pacific Ocean coast of Asia across the world's largest land mass to the Caspian, Black and Baltic Seas of Europe. Mosquito - borne viral hemorrhagic fevers have appeared and spread in southeast Asia. Argentinian and Bolivian hemorrhagic fevers have become epidemic in continental South America. And other arboviruses have, on occasion, resulted in hemorrhagic infections of man.

    Involvement with any one or several of these entities leads to consideration of the common features of all, contrasting the great diversity of viruses which induce infections that result in hemorrhagic complications. Efforts, such as the World Health Organization Regional Seminar on Mosquito-borne Haemorrhagic Fevers in the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Regions, held in Bangkok in 1964, and the Annual Conference of the Institute for Poliomyelitis and Encephalitis in Moscow emphasize not only the growing magnitude of and concern for these disease problems, but an accumulating productivity of information from detailed study of each.

    This issue is the first produced under auspices of U. C. L. A., with continued reproduction and distribution by the Arbovirus Infections Unit of the National Communicable Disease Center. The shift and involvement of new personnel has resulted in some delay. The result reflects how well the new transcriber, Harriet Ziegler, has learned her role from Betty Foster.

    The opinions or views expressed by contributors do not constitute endorsement or approval by the U. S. Government, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service or Communicable Disease Center.

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