The Marburg virus, a hemorrhagic fever virus first identified in 1967 during outbreaks in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany has been identified as the cause of the death of a 30-year-old Ugandan man who worked as a radiographer in a Kampala hospital.
The virus is quite similar to and of the same family of viruses as Ebola and has a very high mortality rate, into the 90% range and above in some outbreaks.
The Ugandan Health Ministry reported that the man died while on the job at a Kampala hospital. He had been feeling ill for about ten days leading up to his death, with complaints of headaches, abdominal pain, and diarrhea as well as vomiting up blood.
Written by Rick Wells
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