Sporadic suspected cases of Marburg haemorrhagic
fever have been reported from Durba, Democratic Republic of Congo since
the last update. A new case of Marburg has been confirmed by virological
tests performed by National Institute for Virology (NIV), South Africa.
The patient was a 30 year-old gold miner working in a mine in the Durba
area, who became
ill on 8 January 2000.
Fifteen suspect cases were reported
during November and December 1999. Clinical samples from 12 were submitted
to NIV for testing. All of these were found to be negative for Marburg
and other pathogens.
=A9 WHO/OMS, 1998