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Marburg disease

noun Pathology.
  1. 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.
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Origin of Marburg disease

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
Also called green monkey disease, Mar·burg-Eb·o·la disease [mahr-burg-eb-uh-luh] /ˈmɑr bɜrgˈɛb ə lə/.
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British Dictionary definitions for marburg disease

Marburg disease

noun
  1. a severe, sometimes fatal, viral disease of the green monkey, which may be transmitted to humans. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, and internal bleedingAlso called: green monkey disease
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Word Origin for Marburg disease

C20 after Marburg, in which the first human cases were recorded
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