[fil-uh-vahy-ruh s, fahy-luh‐]
- any of several filamentous, single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Filoviridae, defined by their unique appearance and reproductive strategies, as the Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Origin of filovirus
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We need to identify it because once a filovirus hits humans, it can be deadly.
“The reservoir for filovirus has remained a huge mystery,” Bruenn said in 2010.
- any member of a family of viruses that includes the agents responsible for Ebola virus disease and Marburg disease
Word Origin for filovirus
C20: from Latin filum thread + virus
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- Any of a group of filamentous RNA viruses of the family Filoviridae, including Ebola and Marburg viruses, that are characterized by elongated, branched, curved, or spherical virions and that cause hemorrhagic fevers.
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