A cluster of Marburg virus disease, involving an infant.


Borchert, M; Muyembe-Tamfum, JJ; Colebunders, R; Libande, M; Sabue, M; van der Stuyft, P; (2002) A cluster of Marburg virus disease, involving an infant. Tropical medicine & international health, 7 (10). pp. 902-906. ISSN 1360-2276 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.2002.00945.x

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adult, Case Report, Cluster Analysis, Democratic Republic of the Congo, epidemiology, Disease Outbreaks, Female, Human, Infant, Male, Marburg Virus Disease, diagnosis, epidemiology, physiopathology, transmission, Marburg-like Viruses, classification, genetics, isolation & purification, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 12358627
Web of Science ID: 178338900014
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/16167

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