Ebola-like Marburg virus kills five people in Tanzania

Ebola-like Marburg virus kills five people in Tanzania.

Ebola-like Marburg virus, five people

WHOs regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said: "The efforts by Tanzanias health authorities to establish the cause of the disease is a clear indication of the determination to effectively respond to the outbreak."

The Marburg virus is a cousin of the equally deadly Ebola virus - part of the filovirus family - and it kills on average half of those infected, the WHO says.

No vaccines or anti-viral treatments have been approved to treat the virus, the WHO has said, but it adds that rehydration with oral or intravenous fluids has improved survival.

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