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A noteworthy cluster of six cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever (MHF) was identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the cases is the first infant Marburg fever patient ever documented. Three of six cases presented surprisingly mild symptoms. The results of epidemiological and virological investigations are compatible with person-to-person transmission through body fluids and with mother-to-child transmission while nurturing. The findings show that mild cases of MHF have to be expected during an outbreak and point out the difficulty to base patient management decisions on clinical case definitions alone.

Keywords: Democratic Republic of Congo; Marburg haemorrhagic fever; active surveillance; filoviridae; outbreak control

Document Type: Short Communication


Affiliations: 1: Epidemiology Unit, Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. 2: Institut de Recherche Biom├ędicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. 3: Department of Clinical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. 4: Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo

Publication date: October 1, 2002


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