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End to Marburg risk

Publication date: 01 August 2008
Modificationdate: 20 October 2016

On 11 July 2008, a Dutch woman died of Marburg haemorrhagic fever, a serious illness caused by the Marburg virus, which she had contracted in Uganda during a visit to a bat cave. Three weeks have passed since people last came into contact with the patient. One can become ill up to 21 days after being in contact with a Marburg patient. A hundred and thirty people who had been in contact with the patient during the infectious period were asked to check their body temperature twice a day. They no longer need to do this now. None of the people monitored have been infected with the Marburg virus.

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