Health authorities in Guinea confirmed a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola named Marburg virus in their region, informed the World Health Organization. As of now, the disease has claimed the life of one. Marburg earlier had twelve major outbreaks mostly in Eastern and Southern Africa. The disease was identified last week just after two months when the country was declared Ebola free.
The disease was confirmed by researchers from the Institute Pasteur in Senegal and Guinea’s national haemorrhagic fever laboratory. Matshidiso Moeti, an official from WHO said, “The potential for the Marburg virus to spread far and wide means we need to stop it in its tracks”. In a previous research, it was found that the virus has around 24% to 88% of fatality rates which depends on it's strain and management.
WHO said that transmission might have occurred through contact with infected body fluids and tissue. It generally takes place when an infected animal, which can be a monkey or a fruit bat, shifts the virus to a human and then it is further transmitted by contact with an infected person’s body fluids.
General symptoms include headache, vomiting blood, muscle pains.
Dangerous disease Marburg virus detected in West Africa for first time
Researchers from the Institute Pasteur in Senegal and Guinea’s national haemorrhagic fever laboratory confirmed it.