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Marburg virus
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<organism, virology> An RNA virus infection (filovirus) typically of rhesus, vervet, and squirrel monkeys.

It is transmissible to man, where it causes Marburg disease, a severe haemorrhagic fever.

It was first described arising among laboratory workers in Marburg, Germany, following exposure to African green monkeys. Some human person-to-person spread has been seen.

(12 Mar 2008)

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