Guinea records West Africa’s first Marburg virus death, similar to Ebola

Guinea is the first West African country to confirm Marburg virus case, leading to the death of one victim according to World Health Organization, WHO.

WHO revealed that, the Marburg virus must be “stopped in it’s tracks” because it has great potential of spreading very far on a wide range.

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WHO says the infectious illness is often fatal and causes haemorrhagic fever, a case similar to Ebola. “The potential for the Marburg virus to spread far and wide means we need to stop it in its tracks, we are working with the health authorities to implement a swift response that builds on Guinea’s past experiences and expertise in managing Ebola, which is transmitted in a similar way” WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, revealed in a statement.

Here’s a breif statement from Tedros, the Director General for WHO

cases of Ebola and and Marburg were all reported to have been detected in Gueckedou District of Guinea, which is not far from borders of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ebola outbreak in 2014 to 2016 were all detected from the same region before it spread to other parts of Guinea.

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Citizens in some West African countries like Ghana amd Nigeria are currently living in fear but country authorities have assured them that they’ve taken all precautions to secure their safety.

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