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Warning: Deadly Ebola-like Marburg Virus Kills 1 in West Africa

Warning: Deadly Ebola-like Marburg Virus Kills 1 in West Africa

  • Health officials have confirmed the first case of the deadly Marburg virus in West Africa
  • The index case of the virus was recorded in Guinea last week, only two weeks after the country was declared free of Ebola
  • Marburg is a highly infectious virus that shares similarities with the deadly Ebola virus that plagued Africa some years ago

Guinean health officials have confirmed the first case of the dreaded Marburg virus, according to the World Health Organisation.

The virus which has made its way to West Africa for the first time has already resulted in one death.

What is Marburg Virus?

Marburg is a deadly and highly infectious virus that shares similarities with the Ebola virus.

The virus is contracted from fruit bats and it can b transmitted from one person to another through bodily fluids.

Baby Egyptian fruit bat

This dreaded virus results in hemorrhagic fevers and bleeding disorders and it has a fatality rate of 88%.

Samples that were retrieved from the index case shows that the patient tested positive for the virus and the person has since passed away.

The regional director of WHO Dr Matshidiso Moeti has warned that the virus has a tendency to spread far and must be caged.

Efforts have already been put in place to contact people who may have come in contact with the deceased patient.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti stated that the same system that was out in place to stop the spread of Ebola will be used for the Marburg Virus.

Read also: FG Announces New Date for 2nd Phase of Vaccination

Marburg Virus

There have been 12 major outbreaks of Marburg, most of them have been in south and east African countries.

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