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Marburg disease

noun Pathology.
a viral disease producing a severe and often fatal illness with fever, rash, diarrhea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal bleeding, transmitted to humans through contact with infected green monkeys.
Also called green monkey disease, Marburg-Ebola disease [mahr-burg-eb-uh-luh] .


Origin:
after Marburg, where laboratory workers caught the disease from infected monkeys in 1967; and Ebola, river and region in the N Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an outbreak occurred in 1976

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Marburg disease
 
n
Also called: green monkey disease a severe, sometimes fatal, viral disease of the green monkey, which may be transmitted to humans. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, and internal bleeding
 
[C20 after Marburg, in which the first human cases were recorded]

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