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Marburg disease

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Marburg disease

infection with an unusual rhabdovirus composed of rna and lipid, tentatively assigned to the family of filoviridae. Virus is pantropic and affects most organ systems.The disease is characterised by a prominent rash and haemorrhages in many organs and is often fatal. First seen among laboratory workers in Marburg, Germany, exposed to african green monkeys. Some person-to-person spread has been observed. Attempts to isolate virus should be done only in high-security laboratories.

Synonym: marburg virus disease.