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."

Here is an explanation of Marburg from the CDC. ProMed also has a new entry on the outbreak which includes the Reuters article plus comments from ProMed.

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