• Short Summary

    A British micro-biologist will head a World Health Organisation (WHO) team being sent to combat a mystery disease which is reported to have killed hundreds of people in central Africa.

  • Description

    A British micro-biologist will head a World Health Organisation (WHO) team being sent to combat a mystery disease which is reported to have killed hundreds of people in central Africa. Unconfirmed reports say at least 600 people have died from the virus in Zaire and the Sudan, and the Sudan government has released official figures showing that at least 60 people have died out of a confirmed 150 people with the disease.

    SYNOPSIS: The scientist heading the WHO team is Dr. David Simpson, senior lecturer in micro-biology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Simpson said the current disease was closely related to the "Green Monkey" or Marburg virus, first identified by him and his team in 1967, but he added that it was not identical with the Marburg virus.

    Dr. Simpson left London on Wednesday (20 October) for southern Sudan. Just before leaving he described the disease to Visnews reporter, Paul Toulmin-Rothe.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3EUUJ19OJ7YVKNMB0RU44IZ79
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EUUJ19OJ7YVKNMB0RU44IZ79
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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