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Discovery of the Marburg Virus

Marburg, Germany - August 1967

In late summer 1967, keepers of primates (Green Monkeys) in the Behring Company came down with high fever, internal hemorrhages and organ failure. Five of the 25 pa-tients died. Shortly thereafter, the infection was also reported from institutes in Frankfurt and Belgrade, which also kept Green Monkeys.

Press reports on the first recognized outbreak of a filovirus disease in the Behring Company, Mar-burg, 1967 (Source: SFB 1021; RNA viruses: RNA metabolism, host response and pathogenesis).
Press reports on the first recognized outbreak of a filovirus disease in the Behring Company, Mar-burg, 1967 (Source: SFB 1021; RNA viruses: RNA metabolism, host response and pathogenesis).

Scientists in Marburg succeeded in growing in guinea pigs the infectious agent, which was characterized as a virus by electron microscopy at BNITM on November 20th, 1967. Since the virus was also found in blood samples from the patients, it was regarded as the causative agent.