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Rare Marburg virus blamed for 96 deaths in Angola

An illness that has killed nearly 100 people in northern Angola was identified on Tuesday as the rare Marburg virus, which is from the same family as the deadly Ebola disease, state and UN officials said. 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. “This is a possibility. The incubation period is 21 days so we must reinforce the surveillance in neighbouring provinces and especially in Luanda,” Vice Minister for Health Jose Van Dunem told Reuters. Some 107 people in Uige have fallen victim to Marburg, for which there is no cure, with the number of deaths attributed to the epidemic now standing at 96. Experts last week ruled out Ebola — one of the world’s deadliest diseases — but had not yet pinpointed the disease that struck in Uige, about 225 km (140 miles) north of Luanda. Full Story

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