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Thursday, April 07, 2005
 
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Marburg haemorrhagic fever is back, and it looks like the current outbreak in Angola is going to be fairly large, if not a record. Each time these death viruses erupt, they're a bit different. Previous Marburg eruptions have resulted in fatality rates between 30-80 percent. The current outbreak is running 99 percent. Another difference is that young children were not a large percentage of previous outbreaks. This time, many of the victims are children under 5.

Here's another fun fact: one of the centers of the current outbreak is in the slums of an Angolan town called Luanda. Luanda has an airport. The incubation period for this virus is 3 to 9 days. Travel time between Luanda and New York is around 23 hours:

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The good news is that historically, this virus has been hard to catch. You need to be in close contact with infected fluids. The bad news is that this outbreak has been acting differently in other ways, so who knows whether this characteristic has also changed?

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