Angolan health officials say the death toll in the country from the Marburg fever has reached 203 out of 221 registered cases.

Officials said Monday the hardest hit area is the northern province of Uige where 184 people have died from the disease that first appeared last October.

Meanwhile, medics treating Marburg fever patients are recommending closing down a hospital in Uige province because they say it needs to be disinfected.

Doctors Without Borders, a global relief organization, says this step is necessary to reduce infection risks in the hospital where victims of the fatal virus are being held in isolation.

The Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever spreads through contact with bodily fluids, and can kill rapidly.

The World Health Organization has sent in teams to remove bodies and trace contacts with infected patients.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.