Dr. Andy

Reflections on medicine and biology among other things

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Marburg smolders on

New cases of Marburg virus are continuing to appear, including some among people without contact with others known to be infected:
in some areas where the virus had been detected before, new cases were seemingly inexplicable, striking people who had not been identified as contacts of previously infected patients. The cases probably did not mean there were new sources of infection, Ms. Bhatiasevi said; more likely, the health workers trying to identify people who had been exposed to the disease did not have complete information
The fact the outbreak hasn't been brought under control is bad, I'm just not sure how bad. Perhaps it smolders along and then dies out, perhaps it smolders along and then we get a big breakout or it jumps to another city.


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