Volume 11, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Twelve strains of a hitherto unknown virus have been isolated from () collected in 1959 and 1960 at Lumbo in northeastern Mozambique. The name proposed for the agent is Lumbo.

Lumbo virus is filterable and withstands lyophilization but is sensitive to sodium desoxycholate. It is pathogenic for adult mice and hamsters by the intracerebral but not the intraperitoneal inoculation route. Vervet monkey, yellow baboon, bushbaby and guinea pig develop an immune response to the virus without showing signs of illness. Viremia was detected on the 3rd and 4th postinoculation days in a vervet monkey. Of 128 human sera collected at Lumbo and Ndumu, northern Natal, in the tropical corridor in southeastern Africa, 16 contained neutralizing antibodies; all of 175 human sera collected in Angola and the Caprivi Strip were negative.


Article metrics loading...

The graphs shown below represent data from March 2017
Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Most Cited This Month

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error