WHO: Marburg Outbreak Not Over; Death Toll Climbs to 235
By VOA News
18 April 2005
The World Health Organization says the outbreak of deadly Marburg fever in northern Angola is not yet over. According to the U.N. health agency, the deadly hemorrhagic fever has so far killed 235 people - all of whom are believed to have contracted the disease in Uige province.
WHO spokesman Dave Daigle says health experts are still finding cases, indicating the transmission cycle has not been broken.
He also says mobile U.N. teams working to contain the outbreak are meeting stiff resistance from some Angolans, who fear the health experts are spreading the Ebola-like virus.
Marburg is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids.
Experts fear that contact with victims' bodies during burial rites may be one way the virus is spreading.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.
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