- Marburg virus disease is a severe fatal hemorrhagic fever. Marburg, like Ebola, is a filovirus; and both diseases are clinically similar.
- Rousettus fruit-bats are considered the natural hosts for Marburg virus. However, African green monkeys imported from Uganda were the source of the first human infection, the WHO points out.
- It spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people.
- The disease has an average fatality rate of around 50%. However, it can be low as 24% depending on virus strain and case management.