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Causes of Marburg virus

Primary Cause of Marburg virus

The primary cause of Marburg virus is the result:

  • of transmission of an infectious agent by another person by one or more of the following: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.

Marburg virus Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Marburg virus:

Marburg virus: Geographical Location Profile

Geographical Profile for Marburg virus: Marburg virus is indigenous to Africa. While the geographic area to which it is native is unknown,... (Source: excerpt from Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever: DVRD) ...more »

Marburg virus: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Marburg virus, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Marburg virus:

Marburg virus: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Marburg virus: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Marburg virus?

Article excerpts about the causes of Marburg virus:

Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever: DVRD (Excerpt)

As with Ebola virus, the actual animal host for Marburg virus also remains a mystery. Both of the men infected in 1980 in western Kenya had traveled extensively, including making a visit to a cave, in that region. The cave was investigated by placing sentinels animals inside to see if they would become infected, and by taking samples from numerous animals and arthropods trapped during the investigation. The investigation yielded no virus: The sentinel animals remained healthy and no virus isolations from the samples obtained have been reported. (Source: excerpt from Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever: DVRD)

Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever: DVRD (Excerpt)

Just how the animal host first transmits Marburg virus to humans is unknown. However, as with some other viruses which cause viral hemorrhagic fever, humans who become ill with Marburg hemorrhagic fever may spread the virus to other people. This may happen in several ways. Persons handling infected monkeys who come into direct contact with them or their fluids or cell cultures, have become infected. Spread of the virus between humans has occurred in a setting of close contact, often in a hospital. Droplets of body fluids, or direct contact with persons, equipment, or other objects contaminated with infectious blood or tissues are all highly suspect as sources of disease. (Source: excerpt from Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever: DVRD)

Related information on causes of Marburg virus:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Marburg virus may be found in:


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