Friday, April 01, 2005

EBOLA-LIKE BUG FINDS ITS WAY TO ITALY...

Geneva - Italian hospital staff have put nine patients in isolation after they had been suspected of having contact with the Marburg virus, an Ebola-like killer which has broken out in Angola, the United Nations health organisation said on Friday.

World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesperson Fadela Chaib said two other suspected cases had been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), across the border from the north Angola area where the outbreak began and has claimed 127 lives out of 132 cases.

"Nine people who were in contact with an ill person were isolated in an Italian hospital," Chaib said, without giving details of in which town or what nationality the suspected fever patients were.