Marburg fever, for which there is no vaccine or cure, spreads through contact with bodily fluids of infected people. Resembling the deadly Ebola fever, Marburg causes severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, severe chest pain, sore throat, and cough. In later stages it leads to bleeding. The governor of Uige province in northern Angola, the center of the outbreak, said the province alone has had 150 cases, including 142 deaths, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The largest previous Marburg outbreak, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, involved 149 cases with 123 deaths from 1998 to 2000. Chaib also said two suspected cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which borders Angola, AFP reported. Previous reports said that about 75% of the patients were children, but the latest reports have not given any information about the age range. In a statement today, the World Health Organization (WHO) put the size of the outbreak at 140 cases with 132 deaths as of yesterday. Just yesterday the WHO reported 132 cases with 127 deaths and said the case-patients included 12 healthcare workers. More staff members from the WHO and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network were due to arrive in Angola this weekend, the WHO said. The agency also has sent personal protective equipment and mobile communication field kits. Mar 31 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_03_31a/en/ See also: Apr 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Angola has killed more people than the largest previous outbreak of the disease and is continuing to spread, according to the latest reports. Nine people have been isolated in an Italian hospital because of possible exposure to the virus, according to another AFP report published today. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib in Geneva, who reported the situation, did not name the hospital or list the nationalities of the nine people. Apr 1 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_04_01/en/ Yesterday the WHO said mobile surveillance teams had been set up and were checking rumors of cases in Uige province. A mobile field laboratory from Canada began operating today, and a dedicated isolation facility operated by Medicins sans Frontieres was preparing to receive patients identified by the surveillance teams, the agency said.
Martinez left Wigan to take charge of the Toffees in the summer, a year after he was heavily tipped for the Anfield hotseat. The Spaniard was identified by Liverpool as a potential successor to Kenny Dalglish in 2012 but, although he met with Reds owner John W Henry, the move did not happen. Martinez believes this weekend’s derby, the 221st between the neighbouring clubs, will be extra special because of the strong starts both have made to their campaigns. Liverpool will go into the Barclays Premier League contest second in the table and just two points behind leaders Arsenal. Everton have also impressed this term, losing just once in the league since Martinez took control. They are also unbeaten at home and are only three points behind Liverpool in sixth place. Martinez said: “It is a massive game. “First and foremost, it is a glamorous fixture – it is one of those games that are followed worldwide and the significance, history and passion are all reflected in the game. “But I think this one is even more important because it has got that football significance. “Both teams are in the top six, both teams have had a very strong start to the season. “When you add all the connotations of a derby with the importance of the points, I think this fixture is going to be as big and good as a football game can be.” Martinez, 40, is well aware of the history and traditional intensity of the Merseyside derby and the fixture’s importance to supporters. In a previous role as Swansea manager, he experienced the ferocity of clashes against Cardiff, but anticipates something on a different level this weekend. When asked about past derby experiences at his pre-match press conference, Martinez said: “I think probably the south Wales derby would be one that is full of passion and I would consider an out-and-out derby. “There are many local clashes where you can see real passion but I don’t think anything has been anywhere near what I am expecting on Saturday. “I have heard many stories, especially from the kit room, about the history of the club and I know the derby on Merseyside is quite unique and quite special. “I don’t think it should be compared to any other in world football. “There is that feeling of having the red and the blue spread out in the city, and not just in the city, spread out in families and in the workplace. “That makes it a really intense topic of conversation and is part of the daily lives of every football fan in the city. “That has made it, over the years, full of passion and history. It is quite a unique football fixture because of the meaning that comes with it.” Instead he stayed with Wigan and steered the club to an unlikely FA Cup win before finally moving to Merseyside with Everton after suffering relegation with the Latics. Martinez, speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash between the rivals at Goodison Park, said: “I have got no time to look back, that is the reality of it. “I am so proud and honoured to be manager of Everton and I am really excited to experience the Merseyside derby. “I always believe in football – same as in life – that things happen for a reason. “Everything is meant to happen and everything has to be natural to be successful. That is the way it has worked out. “All that matters is what the future brings – I always believe this because it is meant to happen. “I am delighted to be getting ready for a first Merseyside derby and really looking forward to it.” Asked if he had any regrets about what happened in the summer of 2012, Martinez said: “Never. You never get regrets in football. It is the opposite.” Roberto Martinez is “really excited” to be preparing for his first Merseyside derby as Everton – and not Liverpool – manager. Press Association