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UPDATED: 08:16, July 15, 2005
WHO revises downward death toll from Angolan Marburg outbreak
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The World Health Organization revised downward on Thursday the toll from the outbreak of Marburg fever in Angola to 312 deaths among 351 cases, reported local media quoting the WHO spokesman Dick Thompson in Geneva.

The WHO reported in mid-June that there were 356 deaths among 422 cases of Marburg fever, but Thompson said that the new death toll came after careful review of all cases and laboratory samples.

The WHO also said it was following up on 64 people who might have had contact with the deadly Marburg virus or victims in Angola's northern Uige province, epicenter of the world's worst outbreak which began late last year. The spokesman said in a brief statement that "the team continues to receive and investigate alerts to potential cases."

The Marburg fever is transmitted through bodily fluids including blood, sweat, saliva and tears. Most people usually die within days after massive bleeding. There is no cure so far for the deadly disease.

Source: Xinhua


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