Friday, November 23, 2007

Mysterious viral outbreak in western Uganda

The disease has symptoms similar to Marburg [hemorrhagic] fever. Thankfully,there are no more infections, and deaths have reduced. The patients are also recovering quickly. "The viral attack has been contained, and we hope there will be no more deaths," Dr. Okware said. By press time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States had not yet determined what the disease was, after analyzing the 20 blood samples Uganda's health ministry sent them.
The cause of this outbreak of lethal disease remains obscure. A viral
causation is still favored, but there is little supporting evidence. None
of the locally proposed diagnoses seem appropriate. The outcome of
laboratory investigation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
in Atlanta is awaited.


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