Marburg virus


Mar·​burg virus ˈmär-bərg- How to pronounce Marburg virus (audio)
: a filovirus (species Marburg marburgvirus of the genus Marburgvirus) that causes an often fatal hemorrhagic fever and was originally transmitted to humans from green monkeys

Examples of Marburg virus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current list includes: COVID-19; Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease; Lassa fever; Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and SARS; Nipah and henipaviral diseases; Rift Valley fever; Zika; Disease X. 3. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 That list also includes Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; the Ebola and Marburg viruses; Lassa fever; coronaviruses SARS, MERS, and COVID-19; henipaviruses, and Rift Valley fever. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 26 Apr. 2023 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the average Marburg virus disease mortality rate is about 50%. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 14 Apr. 2023 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned doctors Thursday to be aware of two growing outbreaks of Marburg virus disease in Africa, and will begin reaching out to some arriving travelers to the U.S. to watch for symptoms of the Ebola-like viral hemorrhagic fever. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 6 Apr. 2023 News Peg Tanzania announced its first-ever outbreak of Marburg virus disease in late March, reporting eight cases, including five deaths. Robert Hart, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 There are currently no vaccines or antiviral treatments approved for Marburg virus. Vanessa Etienne,, 18 July 2022 In Ghana, two people died after testing positive for the rare and highly contagious Marburg virus, the World Health Organization said on Sunday. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 18 July 2022 In addition, primates also carry a host of illnesses that could pass to humans, including yellow fever, monkey pox, Ebola and Marburg virus, Herpes simiae (herpes B), simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV, the primate form of HIV), viral hepatitis and measles. Shepard Price, Chron, 15 Nov. 2021

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Word History


Marburg, Germany

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Marburg virus was in 1968

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“Marburg virus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

Marburg virus

: an African single-stranded RNA virus of the family Filoviridae (species Marburg marburgvirus of the genus Marburgvirus) that causes Marburg hemorrhagic fever
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