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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
 
ANGOLA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER IDENTIFIED

An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Angola had killed at least 93 people. It was thought to be Ebola at first, but has just been identified as Marburg : a deadly disease which infects humans and primates alike.

Marburg was one of the diseases weaponized by the old Soviet Union-and-according to some,by the former South African regime, the Iraqis, and other regimes .

It is a filovirus - like Ebola-and has the same nasty "side effect" of killing caregivers,as well as those originally infected.Mortality can be as high as 70%.

There is no cure.

The World Health Organization stirred itself to "action" on March 17th,after the disease had claimed 39 victims. ( The disease had been raging since January.)

Today,March 22,2005,WHO issued a report indicating they were still baffled ,but thought,perhaps,they should see about getting protective gear into the hands of caregivers.

Whatever would we do without the World Health Organization ?

Update,03/23/05 from WHO,viw ProMed.

 
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