Marburg hemorrhagic fever fact sheet [last updated April 23, 2012]
Corporate Authors:National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.).
Description:What is Marburg hemorrhagic fever? -- Where is Marburg virus found nature? -- Where do cases of Marburg hemorrhagic fever occur? -- How do humans get Marburg hemorrhagic fever? -- What are the symptoms of the disease? -- Are there complications after recovery? -- Is the disease ever fatal? -- How is Marburg hemorrhagic fever treated? -- Who is at risk for the illness? -- How is Marburg hemorrhagic fever prevented? -- What needs to be done to address the threat of Marburg hemorrhagic fever? -- Known Cases and Outbreaks of Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, in Chronological Order [Last updated April 23, 2012] -- References.
Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is a rare, severe type of hemorrhagic fever which affects both humans and non-human primates. Caused by a genetically unique zoonotic (that is, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family, its recognition led to the creation of this virus family. The five subtypes of Ebola virus are the only other known members of the filovirus family.
Marburg virus was first recognized in 1967, when outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever occurred simultaneously in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany and in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). A total of 31 people became ill; they included laboratory workers as well as several medical personnel and family members who had cared for them. There were 7 deaths among the reported cases. The first people infected had been exposed to African green monkeys or their tissues. In Marburg, the monkeys had been imported for research and to prepare polio vaccine. In addition to the 31 cases, an additional primary case was retrospectively serologically diagnosed.
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