New Ebola-Like Virus Kills Four In Africa

May 30, 2009

Africa (ChattahBox) – A virus similar to Ebola has killed four people in Africa, with one only narrowly recovering.

The virus has been named the Lujo, after the three towns that it seemed to have developed in, Johannesburg, Lusaka, and Zambia.

The disease seemed to have started with a travel agent that lived in Zambia. She went into the hospital with vomiting, fever, chills, and bleeding gums. It wasn’t long before she went into shock, and eventually passed away as her organs shut down.

The symptoms are all similar to Ebola, which kills more then half of those who catch it every year. It appears that Lujo is transmitted in the same way as well, through inhaling dust particles that carry the illness through rat droppings.

Four health workers who treated the woman before proper health precautions were met fell ill as well, with three passing away, and one recovering.



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