DEC 21, 2018 5:50 PM PST

Hunting the Marburg Virus

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

The Marburg virus was identified in 1967 after lab workers, and then some of their family members became ill. The workers had been conducting research involving African green monkeys, but the viral reservoir turned out to be the African fruit bat.

The virus incubates in its host for five to ten days, and the infected person then has symptoms including chills, fever, headache and muscle pain. A few days after that, illness becomes much worse, and the hemorrhagic fever begins to take a toll. Fatality rates during outbreaks have ranged from 23 to 90 percent.

This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells the story of researchers that are using GPS tracking to learn more about the fruit bats that carry the virus.

Source: CDC

 

About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
APR 01, 2020
Cardiology
APR 01, 2020
Avoiding Caries in Children
Thankfully, children are free of many of the chronic diseases that plague older populations. That said, one of the most ...
APR 08, 2020
Earth & The Environment
APR 08, 2020
The Great Barrier Reef is Bleaching Again
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is going through another bleaching event; it's third in five years. The ARC Centr ...
APR 15, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
APR 15, 2020
Pandemic Maths: Why Time Doesn't Matter in Understanding Infection Trajectory
There's no doubt that a lot of our current attention goes to the COVID-19 infection cases, as media outlets publish ...
APR 20, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 20, 2020
How Sand Cats Survive in the Harsh Desert Environment
The sand cat is a type of feline that spends nearly all its life in the desert. While they may not look that much differ ...
MAY 03, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 03, 2020
These Contractors Will Develop Lunar Landers for NASA's Artemis Mission
NASA seems to be moving quickly to get the ball rolling for its lunar-centric initiative dubbed Artemis. The program aim ...
MAY 24, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAY 24, 2020
Bees May 'Trick' Plants Into Flowering When Pollen is Scarce
It’s no secret that bumblebees depend heavily on pollen for their unique worker-centric lifestyles. In fact, whene ...
Loading Comments...