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Bill Gates boosts fight against virus that threatens three billion

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7428.1366-b (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1366
  1. Amanda Elliot
  1. London

    Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has donated £27m (£16m; €22m) to step up the fight against a debilitating virus that kills one in three of its victims.

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this week announced funding for a five year programme to combat Japanese encephalitis, the leading cause of viral encephalitis in Asia.

    Almost half of all cases of the disease, a mosquito borne flavavirus result in long term disability, including paralysis, seizures, and mental disability.

    A third of victims, mainly children aged under 15, die. The …

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