Tuesday, April 12, 2005

OUTBREAK? FEAR SPREADS IN ANGOLA

Outbreak? Fear spreads in Angola... 

Are we witnessing the beginning of another plague? Will this be what our future holds? Here is the latest on the Angola Outbreak...

Angola May Shut Isolation Ward Over Virus
The Angolan health ministry may shut down the isolation ward of an Angolan hospital treating victims of the Ebola-like Marburg virus to stem the spread of the disease, an Angolan health official said Monday.

Deadly virus, anger take hold in Angola
The outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus, is stalking the northern Angola province of Uige, a 10-hour drive on broken roads from the capital, Luanda. Now, five or six people on average are dying each day from the virus, one of the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans.

Marburg haemorrhagic fever, Angola - 214 cases, 194 deaths

As of 9 April, 214 cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever have been reported in Angola. Of these, 194 have died. Uige Province remains the epicentre of the outbreak, accounting for almost 90% of the cases and deaths.

Health Workers Say Angola's Epidemic Is 'Very Worrying'
The World Health Organization has resumed operations in a western Angolan province hit by a deadly Ebola-like virus, after suspending work last week when residents attacked its teams, the WHO said Sunday.

Marburg Toll 194; Fatality Rate Near 100%
If the disease has reached the capital city of Angola, we have two problems: The “densely populated” urban setting makes transmission easier, and the proximity to an airport means the possibility of the disease spreading to other countries is very real. This is serious. Marburg has a 5-7 day incubation period. All it takes is one person on an international flight.

Deadly Marburg Virus Spreads Across Angola - Unabated
Seven of Angola's 18 provinces have now reported suspected cases and several neighboring countries have announced health alerts.

Health Workers Race to Block Deadly Virus in Angolan Town
This is the virus they used in the second season finale of Millennium...

Editor's note:
Looked up the 2nd Season finale of the Millennium in the archives. Millennium did indeed use the Marburg virus in their 2nd season finale. In fact, in the episode, there is reference to the fact that the outbreak happening on the show is being caused by some Russian bio-engineered variant of the bug... Interesting...