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Aug 22, 2007

Aug 22, 2007

Traces of Marburg virus found in African bats

(CIDRAP News) – An international research team working in Gabon has for the first time isolated Marburg virus genetic material and antibodies from a bat species, an animal that experts suspect may play a role in transmitting the virus to humans.

Aug 20, 2007

Aug 20, 2007

Scientists net bats to look for Marburg virus source

(CIDRAP News) – The hunt for the vector responsible for spreading Marburg hemorrhagic fever took global health experts wearing protective gear to the mine entrances in a remote Ugandan forest last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported.

Aug 15, 2007

Aug 15, 2007

WHO says one more Marburg case found in Uganda

Editor's note: This story was revised Aug 16 to include a clarification from the World Health Organization about the identity of the index case-patient.

(CIDRAP News) – Only one additional case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in Uganda since a single case and some suspected cases were reported there on Aug 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

Aug 03, 2007

Aug 03, 2007

Marburg fever case confirmed in Uganda

(CIDRAP News) – A Ugandan miner who died in mid-July had Marburg hemorrhagic fever, and another worker at the same mine has a suspected case, the World Health Organization announced today.

The miner, aged 29, became ill on Jul 4, was hospitalized 3 days later, and died Jul 14, the WHO said. He had cared for a 21-year-old coworker who had fallen ill with similar symptoms on Jun 27 and was hospitalized but later recovered.

Apr 25, 2007

Apr 25, 2007

HHS offers plan for defense against biological threats

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently unveiled its plan for developing and buying medical countermeasures against a range of biological, chemical, and other threats, with new anthrax and smallpox vaccines among the near-term priorities.