In a large multi-disciplinary collaboration between partners in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, USA, and Europe, we have published our first study on Lassa virus evolution. The paper – which appears on the front page of the August issue of Cell – is the result of seven years of work on Lassa fever across West Africa.
Erika Check Hayden – who is a frequent contributor to Nature News and others – just published an article in Wired Magazine describing some of the work we do as part of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium. The article is focused on our work with Ebola survivors and outlines our research aimed at find new and better treatments for Ebola.
In a large collaboration between the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium, Kenema Government Hospital, Harvard University, Broad Institute, Tulane University, Edinburgh University, the CDC, USAMRIID, and others we have just published a paper in Cell detailing the epidemiology, transmission, and evolution of Ebola virus over seven months in Sierra Leone.
Our new paper on the discovery of two novel rhabdoviruses in Nigeria is out in PLoS Neglected. In this study we used NextGeneration Illumina sequencing to look for viruses in the blood of sick and healthy individuals. Surprisingly, we discovered the presence of two completely rhabdoviruses in healthy individuals.