font size

Definition of Menangle virus

Menangle virus: A virus that causes a disease first found in a piggery near Sydney, Australia in 1997. The virus was highly contagious, moving between pigs in different pens and sheds. It caused numerous deformed and stillborn piglets with abnormalities of the central nervous system. The virus also caused an influenza-like illness in two of the workers at the piggery. They later recovered.

Fruit bats (flying foxes) near the piggery had antibodies to the Menangle virus, indicating that they had been exposed to the virus. It is believed that fruit bats are the natural host of the virus, and it was a relatively rare event that led to the virus "jumping" into pigs.

The Menangle virus belongs to the paramyxovirus family.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=22733
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

Drug Medical Dictionary of Terms by Letter

Top RxList Drug News

Women's Health

Find out what women really need.

advertisement
advertisement
Use Pill Finder Find it Now See Interactions

Pill Identifier on RxList

  • quick, easy,
    pill identification

Find a Local Pharmacy

  • including 24 hour, pharmacies

Interaction Checker

  • Check potential drug interactions
Search the Medical Dictionary for Health Definitions & Medical Abbreviations