Rift Valley fever

noun

Definition of Rift Valley fever

  1. :  an acute, usually epizootic, mosquito-borne disease of domestic animals chiefly of eastern and southern Africa that is caused by a bunyavirus (species Rift Valley fever virus of the genus Phlebovirus), is marked especially by fever, abortion, and death of newborns, and is sometimes transmitted to humans usually in a milder form marked by flu-like symptoms

Origin and Etymology of rift valley fever

(Great) Rift Valley, Africa


First Known Use: circa 1931


Medical Dictionary

Rift Valley fever

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noun Rift Val·ley fever \ˈrift-ˌval-ē-\

Medical Definition of Rift Valley fever

  1. :  an acute usually epizootic mosquito-borne disease of domestic animals (as sheep and cattle) chiefly of eastern and southern Africa that is caused by a bunyavirus of the genus Phlebovirus (species Rift Valley fever virus), is marked especially by fever, abortion, death of newborns, diarrhea, and jaundice, and is sometimes transmitted to humans usually in a milder form marked by flulike symptoms


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