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Marburg Virus Causes Acute Hemorrhagic Fever in Angola

Recombinomics Commentary
March 22, 2005

>> The Marburg disease, a severe form of haemorrhagic fever in the same family as Ebola, was first recognised in 1967 and is indigenous to Africa, affecting both humans and primates.

Angolan deputy health minister Joseph Van Dunem said results from 12 samples sent to the US Centres for Disease Control had detected the virus.

"We have received the results," Van Dunem told a news conference. "We are dealing with the Marburg virus."  <<

The above result would appear to rule out bird flu, although it is unclear why Marburg would target children.  It was originally isolated from lab workers who were infected by the Ebola-like virus carried by monkeys in their lab, including one in Marburg, Germany.

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