Human Infection with Bhanja Virus

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  • Vector-Borne Diseases Division, Bureau of Laboratories, Center for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Post Office Box 2087, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522

A laboratory worker became infected with Bhanja virus. The illness was mild, characterized by muscle and joint aches, moderate frontal headache, slight photophobia, and slight elevation of temperature; it lasted fewer than 48 hours. Bhanja virus was isolated from his serum, and diagnostic rises in complement-fixing and neutralizing antibody were demonstrated. This is the first reported human infection with Bhanja virus; the implications are discussed briefly.