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 (fē′lō-vī′rəs, fĭl′ō-)
Any of a family of filamentous single-stranded RNA viruses, including the Ebola and Marburg viruses, that cause hemorrhagic fevers in humans and other primates and spread by contact with infected body fluids.

[Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots + virus.]


(Medicine) any member of a family of viruses that includes the agents responsible for Ebola virus disease and Marburg disease
[C20: from Latin filum thread + virus]
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Noun1.filovirus - animal viruses belonging to the family Filoviridae
Ebola virus - a filovirus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever; carried by animals; can be used as a bioweapon
Marburg virus - a filovirus that causes Marburg disease; carried by animals; can be used as a bioweapon
animal virus - an animal pathogen that is a virus
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Marburg HF is caused by Marburg virus, a genetically unique zoonotic (or, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family.
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This report of successful early post-exposure treatment of filovirus hemorrhagic fever is significant on its own," said Colonel John P.
Marburg, like Ebola and Lassa, is a haemorrhagic fever caused by a vile filovirus that turns the insides to mush till you simply melt and ooze out of your orifices.
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Abgenix also collaborates with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in which the Army uses the XenoMouse technology to make fully human antibodies that will be tested for their ability to provide protection against filovirus and poxvirus infections.
Named after the river in Zaire near which the first serious outbreak occurred in 1976, Ebola is a filovirus, a thread-like package of genetic material barely visible under an electron microscope.