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Harsher in Hindsight: A real-life outbreak of the Ebola virus occurred in Zaire only a few months after the film was released.
And then, later on, there was bird flu
Nightmare Fuel: Averted, oddly enough. The symptoms of Motaba are basically painful flu-like symptoms followed by death, at least as far as we see. Ebola, on the other hand, is disturbingly horrifying, essentially rendering the body to a barely-living bag of blood as internal organs break down, bleed out, and essentially disintegrate until the host dies. Suffice to say, be glad they didn't show that.
These were supposed to be the symptoms for Motaba too, but except for some bleeding from the eyes, they spare us the Squick of seeing it.