Saturday, February 7, 2009

Marburg--in the US

This is from AP via  Macleans and is really not good news:

First US case of Marburg fever has been confirmed in Colorado

February 7, 2009 - 19:15


WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - The first U.S. case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in Colorado.

Authorities say the patient - who contracted the rare illness while travelling in Uganda - has since recovered.

The disease, caused by a virus indigenous to Africa, spreads through contact with infected animals or the bodily fluids of infected humans.

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Dave Daigle said no previous cases have been reported in the United States.

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