Dr. Andy

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Hemorrhagic Fevers

There are new cases of Marburg virus in Anglola. This is bad news, given it seemed to be coming under control:
The new cases were identified in the last few days in Uige, the epicentre of the outbreak. "As some chains of transmission are still ongoing, mobile teams are investigating suspect cases and following contacts," the statement said.
Reading between the lines it still seems things are going better, or at least not getting worse. Of course, one infected person (the incubation period is 21 days could spread it to a new area.

And there is a probable new outbreak of Ebola in the Congo. Luckily it sounds like the Congolese are much more prepared than were the Angolans:
Health officials in two Congolese cities already have mobilized to battle the suspected outbreak of Ebola, which has repeatedly surfaced in central Africa in the past five years. Epidemiologists are tracking 52 people who had contact with those who died, the officials said.
No one knows for sure, but these viruses are thought to infect other primates. They probably infect hunters who butcher monkeys for sale (primate meat is apparently quite popular in parts of Africa) and they then pass it on to others.


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