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MetaTrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 08:59 AM
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74. History of one Barrick gold mine
Edited on Tue Aug-23-05 09:19 AM by MetaTrope
Ebola-Like Virus Kills 73 In Congo Gold Mine

An ebola-like virus festering in a Congolese gold mine has killed 73 people, health officials said Friday.

"There are dead rats, bats and even human bodies decomposing in these mines," Floribond Tshoko, an epidemiologist of the World Health Organization (WHO), told Reuters.

The 73 have died from hemorrhagic fever -- which causes massive internal bleeding -- believed to have been caused by the Marburg Virus.

The gold mines in Durba are jointly owned by the state Office des Mines de Kilomoto and the Canadian gold mining company Barrick Gold Corp.

Barrick pulled out of the operations in Durba when a war between Tutsi-led rebels and the government broke out in August 1998.

Ultimately, there were over 120 deaths from the epidemic, until recently the worst on record. Despite extensive investigation by expert teams from many countries, the source of the epidemic was never found.

As an interesting coincidence, the named suspect in the anthrax mailings, Steven Hatfill, was conducting bioweapons research on Marburg and Ebola at Fort Detrick from 1997 to 1999.

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