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Status of arenavirus vaccines and their application

By Karl M. Johnson


A limited but definite need exists for vaccines against Lassa, Junin, and Machupo viruses. Medical and laboratory personnel, as well as defined high-risk population groups, require protection from these highly virulent agents. To date little work has been done on inactivated vaccines for these viruses. A live attenuated Junin vaccine has been tested successfully in more than 600 persons, and a high-passage Machupo virus strain has protected rhesus monkeys against lethal infection produced by a homologous field strain

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