LETTERS Rift Valley Fever in Goats, Cameroon To the Editor: Rift Valley fever


(RVF) is caused by an RNA virus (Phlebovirus, Bunyaviridae), which is carried by mosquito vectors (1). In nature, it is only known in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In the central African region, RVF has been reported in humans and livestock in the savanna of northern Cameroon and Chad (2,3) and from forests in the Central African Republic (4). Human epidemics are sometimes preceded by an increase in RVF virus (RVFV) prevalence in domestic ruminants, which manifests as increased abortions and high neonatal deaths (3). Human epidemics can have serious health implications, as demonstrated by the most recent outbreaks in Keny

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