Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Marburg Virus

 Picture from: SPL

Marburg virus. Computer artwork of Marburg virus particles (virions). This tubular RNA (ribonucleic acid, coloured spheres) virus causes Marburg haemorrhagic fever in humans and non-human primates. Symptoms of the rare and often fatal disease include fever, muscle pain, rash, diarrhoea and haemorrhage. The virus was first documented in 1967 when there were simultaneous outbreaks of haemorrhagic fever in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and in Belgrade in Yugoslavia. The outbreak was traced to vervet monkey tissue used in research.

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