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Welcome to the Special Pathogens Branch (SPB) home page on the CDC web site.

Here you will find general and technical information about viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs), such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever, and Lassa fever.

Spotlight: Marburg hemorrhagic fever, imported case – Netherlands ex Uganda, July 2008

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The Ebola hemorrhagic fever Web page has detailed information for health professionals in the United States and Africa and for travelers, humanitarian workers, U.S. citizens living abroad and the general public. This site will allow you to download fact sheets, infection control resources, and risk reduction guidance.

December 2007/January 2008 Ebola investigation in Uganda
CDC and WHO epidemiologists gathering information on possible Ebola contacts in Bundibugyo, Uganda. Photo: CDC Contact tracing photo Loading samples onto plane At the Bundibugyo airstrip loading samples for testing at the laboratory in Entebbe, Uganda. Photo: CDC

September 2007 Ebola investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
MSF Health staff outside isolation ward in Kampungu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: CDC Isolation ward photo 2 Isolation ward photo1 MSF Health staff in protective clothing constructing perimeter for isolation ward. Photo: CDC

August 2007 Marburg investigation in Uganda

Entrance to the Kitaka cave, site of a large fruit bat population. Photo: CDC. Entrance to cave Team in protective gear Suited up in protective gear to enter the cave. Photo: CDC

Fruit bats perched on cave ceiling. Photo: CDC.   Bats on cave ceiling WHO videographer and photographer

WHO video and camera team inside the cave. Photo: CDC.

CDC microbiologists, mammologists and medical officers examine specimens at the local lab. Photo: CDC.   Examining specimens Fruit bat in flight African fruit bat, R. aegyptiacus, at entrance to the cave. Photo: CDC.


Quick Links to
Fact Sheets
 Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
 Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (links to "All About Hantavirus" site)
 Lassa Fever
 Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCMV)
 Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever
 Nipah Virus Encephalitis
 Rift Valley Fever
 Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
*For a complete list of SPB diseases, refer to Diseases/Virus Information

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