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Making hospitals safe in emergencies: country examples

A woman and her son outside the isolation ward at the Uige Provincial Hospital in Angola
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The Marburg haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Angola in 2005 underlined not only the human damage the virus could cause, but how health facilities can make a deadly epidemic even worse. The outbreak was the largest and deadliest recorded, with more than 200 deaths reported in the town of Uige and several health-care workers and patients infected. Strict infection control measures were implemented to stop the virus spreading in health clinics and hospitals.

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