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Death Toll Rises in Angola from Marburg Virus


Authorities in Angola say 14 more people have died from the Marburg virus, raising the death toll from the outbreak to 146.

This makes it the worst outbreak of the Ebola-like virus since 123 people died in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo between 1998 and 2000.

The World Health Organization has deployed 20 experts to Angola to help combat the virus, which is characterized by headaches, vomiting and diarrhea.

The outbreak has been mainly confined to the northern province of Uige. Store owners in the capital city of Luanda say panicked residents have bought out all their stocks of household bleach to help guard against the virus.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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