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PROGRESS SEEN ON CONTROL OF DEADLY VIRUS IN ANGOLA

Medical teams trying to stamp out the worst recorded incidence of Marburg virus in Angola are beginning to get the deadly outbreak under control as cooperation from stricken communities improves, the U.N. health agency said over the weekend.

The virus, closely related to the feared Ebola virus, has caused hemorrhagic fever in 266 people and has killed 244 of them since March, when the outbreak first came to the attention of health authorities.

As communities begin to understand the dangers of the virus, though, the number of new cases has dropped from an average of 35 per week to 15, according to the World Health Organization.

"This is good news, but it doesn't mean the outbreak is over," said Dr. Fatoumata Diallo, the agency's representative in Angola.

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