What is Marburg?
Marburg is a haemorrhagic fever (MHF) caused by a filovirus. Though caused by different viruses, Ebola virus disease (EVD) and MHF are clinically similar. Transmission of MHF is via direct contact with blood and body fluids from infected persons, contact with Rousettus bat colonies, or via infected semen from recovered persons up to seven weeks after recovery. Outbreaks and sporadic cases have been reported from Germany (from laboratory work with monkeys from Uganda), Serbia, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa (in a person with recent travel history to Zimbabwe) and Uganda.