Dutchwoman dies of Marburg disease

11th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Dutch woman died of the rare and deadly infectious disease after visiting a bat cave in Uganda.

11 July 2008

LEIDEN - A 40-year-old Dutch woman who travelled to Uganda on holiday has died of the Marburg virus, a rare and deadly infectious disease at the University Medical Centre in Leiden.

The woman apparently contracted the relatively rare virus after being bitten by a bat in a cave in Uganda's Maramagambo Forest.

The life-threatening Marburg virus is an infection related to Ebola and causes haemorrhagic fever.

In De Telegraaf, Dutch public health experts warn the odds are against her, with a 50 to 80 percent chance that she may not pull through.

Professor Roel Coutinho, Director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Control, says the woman has been "desperately unlucky".

The authorities are now busy tracking down anyone who was in contact with the unfortunate patient, a number which could run into the hundreds.

Luckily for them, Dutch public health experts describe the risk of infection as "very slight".

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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