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2007: a review of notable public health issues

A nurse takes care of a man sick with Ebola hemorrhagic fever
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Outbreaks: Ebola and Marburg fevers

Ebola, and Marburg - two lethal, and rare hemorrhagic fevers - caused illness and death in central Africa this year. The Democratic Republic of the Congo detected and stopped an Ebola outbreak. And both Marburg and Ebola outbreaks occurred in Uganda. WHO and its network of experts supported intensive surveillance and control measures for both illnesses. Investigative work to pinpoint the suspected source of Marburg fever - sick bats in a mine shaft where people worked - helped to increase understanding of the emerging disease.

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