Marburg Virus Claims 2 Lives in Ghana

Marburg Virus Claims 2 Lives in Ghana

Ebola-Like Virus Claims 2 Lives – What We Know

(DailyDig.com) – The world remains on edge regarding infectious diseases in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tiny West African nation of Ghana recently reported the deaths of two individuals from the Marburg virus.

On July 17, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement announcing that Ghana confirmed at least two cases of the highly infectious virus after two people tested positive for it earlier in July. Both individuals subsequently died. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) noted it’s working to reduce the risk of transmission and has isolated everyone who’s been in contact with the deceased. So far, no one else has tested positive.

According to WHO, the Marburg virus is a “highly virulent disease” that causes hemorrhagic fever. Its symptoms include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. The virus can transmit through direct contact with materials, surfaces, and an infected person’s bodily fluids. Humans can also contract the virus from fruit bats.

The WHO also reported that although those two cases are a first for Ghana, this potential outbreak isn’t the first time the Marburg virus struck West Africa. Guinea also reported a single case of the disease that hit other African regions. That outbreak ended in September 2021.

The agency added that GHS’s immediate action was important because the virus can quickly get out of hand. WHO noted there have only been around a dozen outbreaks of the rare virus since the 1960s, and its fatality rate fluctuates between 24% and 88%.

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