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Marburg virus. Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of multiple Marburg virus particles (virions) in infected tissue. This tubular RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus causes Marburg haemorrhagic fever (MHF) in humans and non-human primates. Symptoms of the rare and often fatal disease include fever, muscle pain, rash, diarrhoea and haemorrhage. The virus was first documented in 1967 when there were simultaneous outbreaks of haemorrhagic fever in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and in Belgrade in Yugoslavia. The outbreak was traced to vervet monkey tissue used in research.
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