Angola Outbreak Confirmed as Marburg
Posted on March 23, 2005
The mysterious illness that has now killed 96 people, including many children, in northern Angola has been identified as Marburg, a rare hemorrhagic fever for which there is no cure. Marburg is a rare virus that is in the same Filoviridae family as Ebola.
Reuters reports that the Marburg outbreak could spread: "Described as "very virulent" and "very contagious" and transmitted through bodily fluids, the hemorrhagic fever threatens to spread from the northern Uige province to other parts of the country."