Marburg (Marburg Virus Disease)

Marburg virus disease (MVD) is a rare but severe hemorrhagic fever which affects both people and non-human primates. MVD is caused by the Marburg virus, a genetically unique zoonotic (or, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family. The six species of Ebola virus are the only other known members of the filovirus family.

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Microscopic, colorized image of the Marburg virus.
Uganda The Hunt for Marburg Virus

Uganda: The Hunt for Marburg Virus

CDC scientists have spearheaded a small pilot project deep inside the forests of Uganda to track the movement of bats that carry the deadly Marburg virus, a close cousin to Ebola. Scientists collect bats in Python Cave and attach GPS units on the backs of these bats to capture their movements to better understand how the Marburg virus is spread to people.

Related Resource: Washington Post Story: On a Bat’s Wing and a Prayer