Mechanism for Rift Valley fever virus determined

Endemic to Africa, RVFV is listed as a category A priority pathogen that can cause severe disease in people and livestock.

Viruses can't live without us — literally. As obligate parasites, viruses need a host cell to survive and grow. Scientists are exploiting this characteristic by developing therapeutics that close off pathways necessary for viral infection, essentially stopping pathogens in their tracks.

Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) and other members of the bunyavirus family may soon be added to the list of viruses denied access to a human host.

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have

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