Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said that in September a male fell ill after hunting in a cave where a lot of fruit bats lived. The symptoms looked like those of the Marburg virus, however, no blood samples were taken. The condition of a contracted person is characterized by muscle pains, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and severe bleeding through body openings like ears and eyes.
On October 11 his sister, a 50-year-old woman, passed away suffering the same signs of a disease. She looked after her brother and could most probably get infected during burial rituals. A series of tests proved a suspected cause of death.
The Marburg virus spreads from human to human through contact with body liquids, with a fatality rate of about 80 percent. The epidemic usually starts when a contaminated animal such as a fruit bat or monkey contacts a person. Animals carrying the Marburg virus show practically no signs of the illness.