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April 9, 2005

Deadly Marburg Virus Spreads Across Angola - Unabated

Topics: International News

The death toll in Angola from an epidemic caused by the Marburg virus, named for the town in Germany where it was first identified in 1967 and which causes hemorrhagic fever, rose to 174 Friday as aid workers in one northern provincial town reported that terrified people had attacked them and that a number of health workers had fled out of fear of catching the disease.  The number of suspected cases, now at 200, shot up dramatically in the past two weeks. According to international health officials, the epidemic, already the largest outbreak of Marburg virus ever recorded, shows no signs of abating. Seven of Angola's 18 provinces have now reported suspected cases and several neighboring countries have announced health alerts.

The Marburg virus is a cousin to the deadly Ebola virus, which also causes hemorrhagic fever.

Source - NYTimesRelated

Posted by Hyscience at April 9, 2005 12:00 AM

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