The first case of Marburg virus has been reported in Guinea, the first case in West Africa, the WHO said on Monday. This very serious disease causes hemorrhagic fever.
“The Marburg virus, which belongs to the same family as the Ebola virus, has been diagnosed,” the World Health Organization’s regional office said in a statement on Monday, August 9. The case was found in the southern province of Kukato.
The disease begins abruptly, with high fever and possible malaise. Although there are no approved vaccines or antiviral therapies to treat the virus, treatment of oral or intravenous rehydration and specific symptoms can improve survival rates.
According to the WHO, the Marburg virus is transmitted from fruit bats to humans and to humans through direct contact with the body fluids of victims. In a tweet, WHO Director-General Tetros Adanom Caprais noted the need for a “concerted effort to prevent the spread and protect communities.”
The first team of ten WHO experts, including epidemiologists and socio-anthropologists, is already on the field and providing support to national health officials. Cross-border surveillance has been increased so that a possible case can be detected quickly.
“We bow to the awareness and rapid investigation of Guinean health workers. To prevent the spread of the Marburg virus to reach meteorite rates, it must now be stopped,” the statement said. He ensures that his teams work with local health officials to implement a quick response.
Cases have already been reported on the continent
In Africa, previous eruptions and sporadic cases have been reported in South Africa, Angola, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But this is the first time the virus has been detected in West Africa.
The province of Cucuta is the site of the latest Ebola outbreak and the first case of the virus to be reported in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.