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WHO: Angolan Hospitals Lax in Efforts to Stop Marburg Virus

The World Health Organization says hospitals in Angola are putting people at risk of catching the deadly Marburg virus by not following proper safety procedures, as the the death toll from the disease climbs to 257.

The U.N. agency says in the last week, two doctors at a provincial hospital in Uige were directly exposed to blood from Marburg patients.

In another incident, it said a baby was was placed in a cot that had not been disinfected after the body of another baby, who had died from the Marburg virus, was removed.

The WHO said other safety protocols have been also breached, and said the incidents will only increase the chances of the disease spreading.

The Ebola-like virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids, but experts say it can be contained with relatively simple hygienic precautions.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.