Colorized Marburg Virus Particles
Viewed with a transmission electron microscope
Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is a rare, severe type of hemorrhagic fever which affects both humans and non-human primates. Caused by a genetically unique zoonotic (that is, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family, its recognition led to the creation of this virus family.
The five subtypes of Ebola virus are the only other known members of the filovirus family.
Recent Outbreaks of Marburg Virus Infection
November 2012, Ugandan Ministry of Health
15 confirmed and 8 probable cases of Marburg virus infection,
including 15 deaths
2008 - a fatal case of a Dutch tourist who visited the Python Cave, a bat cave in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda; an American tourist was infected but survived
2007 - small outbreak of Marburg among miners working in the Kitaka lead and gold mine in Kamwenge District of Uganda
Content Credit: CDC
Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Dr. Tom Geisbert