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African nations fighting to ward off Marburg disease
www.chinaview.cn 2005-04-18 10:27:42

    YAOUNDE, April 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A number of African countries are taking measures to ward off the Ebola-like Marburg disease after an outbreak of the illness in Angola, local media reported Sunday.

    The reports said Zimbabwe's Health Ministry has asked public hospitals and entry ports to increase vigilance against the hemorrhagic fever. Returning visitors from Angola will have to go through necessary checks and those with suspected symptoms will beput in quarantine.

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) also requires peopletraveling in and out of the 57 entry ports bordering Angola to have body temperature measured and go though strict medical checks.

    The Zambian authorities have sent medical and protective equipment to the three states bordering Angola and boost people's understanding of the Marburg disease in the areas.

    Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa and the Republic of the Congo arealso adopting measures to keep out the disease.

    According to the Angolan Health Ministry, the epidemic has killed 233 people in the country since it first struck in October last year.

    The World Health Organization, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Doctors Without Borders have sent teams to combat the virus.

    Spreading through contact with bodily fluids, Marburg can kill rapidly as there is no vaccine against it.

    In the last known outbreak of Marburg, 123 people were killed in the neighboring DRC between 1998 and 2000. Enditem

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