Vincent and Dick recall the discovery of Lassa virus in Africa in 1969. A non-fictional account of the story, ‘Fever’, written by John G. Fuller and published in 1974, inspired Vincent to become a virologist. Part of the story took place at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital (now Columbia University Medical Center), where both Vincent and Dick are employed. Dick remembers many of the key players in this medical drama.

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Roger writes: Do you think it is wise to bring ebola victims to the US and other ebola free areas for treatment. Yes it is noble and we have the facilities to take care of…

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For more recent letters to TWiV, see this page. TWiV 200 Luis writes: Hi TWiVers! I am writing to you this time because I have just read a short report in “El Pais” (the highest-circulation daily newspaper…

Vincent travels to the University of Nebraska to meet with members of the Nebraska Center for Virology and discuss their work on algal viruses, plant viruses, HIV and Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus.