Hats off to the physicians, nurses, and hospital staff at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, who treated the first known case of Marburg fever, a disease strikingly similar to the even more deadly Ebola, in the United States. Hats off to the patient as well, who survived a disease that has a fatality rate in excess of 80%.
While Marburg and other hemorrhagic fevers caused by African filoviruses are not considered airborne, they do break down the body so fast that the patient coughs blood profusely, which, given the character of the disease, makes it one of the most terrifying in the world. The book to read is The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett, which details this and diseases equally frightening.
And no, we're not about to undergo a Marburg epidemic. The patient was infected while exploring a bat cave in Uganda. Still, walking into the same room as a Marburg patient takes about as much courage as walking into a room full of plutonium, or zombies for that matter.