Argentinian haemorrhagic fever
Other Names: Bolivian haemorrhagic fever
Argentine hemorrhagic fever
JunÃn virus haemorrhagic fever
Nature: Argentine haemorrhagic fever (AHF) was first recognized in 1955 on the central pampas of Argentina, where before the deployment of a new vaccine in 1992, hundreds of cases occurred each year. It is caused by the JunÃn virus, which is carried by the corn mouse [Calomys musculinus].
Incidence: In 1955, the AHF-endemic area included approximately 10,000 km2 centreed around the town of JunÃn in Buenos Aires province. By 1985, the AHF-endemic area encompassed more than 150,000 km2 in four provinces.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 20.12.1999 – 00:00 CET