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A DEADLY outbreak of a rare and highly fatal virus has broken out in eastern Uganda and five cases have already been identified, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed.
The disease, known as Marburg virus disease (MVD), is similar to Ebola and can be lethal in up to 90 per cent of cases.
Emergency screening has begun at the Kenya-Uganda border in Turkana after three members of the same family died of the disease in Uganda.
The WHO website reads: “Marburg virus disease is a rare disease with a high mortality rate for which there is no specific treatment.
“The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or wild animals (e.g. monkeys and fruit bats).”
Several hundred people are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans.
originally posted by: muzzleflash
a reply to: infolurker
I was actually thinking of writing a thread the other day about how the new plague is likely coming soon (in 20 or 40 years) just by the statistical odds.
I don't think the Marburg virus is it though, because transmission is too difficult.
I think the next big plague will be airborn and will spread worldwide in under a month.
Something like Marburg but transmitted by a cough or sneeze, with similar mortality rates.
I also think it will probably be an engineered bioweapon that somehow got loose. The bioweapons already exist and the clock is ticking.