In June, NIH officials said an experimental vaccine to prevent outbreaks of Marburg hemorrhagic fever
is showing promise in monkeys as an emergency treatment for accidental exposure to the virus that causes the disease.
To the Editor: A serosurvey was conducted in Durba, a mining village near Watsa, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the epicenter of Marburg hemorrhagic fever
(MHF) outbreaks in 1994 and 1998-2000 (1-3).
Considering coincidence of generic distributions with only Marburg hemorrhagic fever
occurrences (Table 2), an initial list included 63 genera; 22 of these were omitted because their species had a large body size or were primates (Perodicticus, Galago, Gorilla, Leptailurus, Atilax, Dologale, Mungos, Crocuta, Lutra, Civettictis, Ceratotherium, Owcteropus, Pommochoerus, Litocranius, Taurotragus, Tragelaphus, Cephalophus, Sylvicapra, Oryx, Kobus, Redunca, Manis).