Rift Valley Fever: An Emerging Human and Animal Problem

69 pages. World Health Organization, Geneva (WHO Offset Publication, No. 63). 1982. Sw. fr. 6. French and Arabic editions in preparation

Thomas P. MonathVector-Borne Viral Diseases Division Centers for Disease Control, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522

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In 1977, Rift Valley Fever (RVF) appeared in epidemic form in Egypt. Fortunately the virus did not spread further, but the international concern with such an extension remains. The need to define public health measures for the surveillance of RVF and for its prevention and control stimulated WHO to convene a group of ex perts in Geneva in 1981.This publication is the result of their efforts, and is in the form of a Committee Report. It is not a comprehensive review of RVF. There are brief sections, without reference to published literature, on the epidemiology of RVF (in the body of the report) and on the virus (in an Annex), but the major emphasis is on practical methods for serological and clinical surveillance, laboratory diagnosis, entomologie surveys, safety considerations, prevention, and control. The need for research is emphasized and 18 areas for further study are described. An Annex is included