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WHO confirms outbreak of Deadly Marburg Virus: Know details about the Virus

Equatorial Guinea confirms first-ever Marburg virus disease outbreak. 10 people have so far died and 200 more quarantined in the country.
Marburg Virus

Marburg Virus outbreak in Equatorial Guinea sparks WHO emergency meeting. Check below the details about this deadly Marburg virus.

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All about Marburg Virus

  • Marburg virus disease (MVD), formerly known as Marburg haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal in humans.
  • The virus causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever in humans.
  • The average fatality rate is around 50%. 
  • Rehydration, and symptomatic treatment improves survival.
  • There is no licensed treatment against the virus, but a range of blood products, immune therapies and drug therapies are currently under development.
  • Rousettus aegyptiacus, fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, are considered to be natural hosts of Marburg virus.
  • The Marburg virus is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads among humans through human-to-human transmission.
  • Marburg and Ebola viruses are both members of the Filoviridae family (filovirus).
  • Two large outbreaks that occurred simultaneously in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1967, led to the initial recognition of the disease. 
  • Symptoms of Marburg virus are high fever, severe headache and severe malaise. Muscle aches and pains are a common feature. Severe watery diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cramping, nausea and vomiting can begin on the third day. Diarrhoea can persist for a week. 

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Published date : 14 Feb 2023 05:10PM

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