Ebola like marburg virus outbreak in equatorial guinea who called emergency meeting know symptoms2 min read
Geneva. The world has not yet recovered from the havoc of Corona virus that another dangerous virus Marburg has increased the concern. At least 9 people have died so far in the African country of Equatorial Guinea due to this Marburg virus. There is no vaccine available for this very deadly virus similar to Ebola. In such a situation, to stop this, a lockdown has been announced in the affected areas.
This new virus has also raised the concern of the World Health Organization (WHO) and it has called an emergency meeting regarding it. “The World Health Organization will convene an urgent meeting of the Marburg Virus Vaccine Consortium (MARVAC) to discuss the new Marburg virus outbreak in Equatorial Guinea,” the UN health agency said in a statement. The organization also told that this meeting will be held at 7:30 pm (1400 GMT) on Tuesday according to Indian time.
How dangerous is the Marburg virus
Actually, according to WHO, Marburg is a very deadly virus, which reaches people from bats and then spreads from one person to another. Due to this, the infected person gets Haemorrhagic Fever and gradually his condition becomes serious. WHO told that 88 percent of the patients found so far died.
Dr. Matshidiso Moiti, director of the World Health Organization’s Africa unit, said, ‘Marburg virus is very contagious, which belongs to the family of Ebola virus. This virus has reached humans from fruit bats and the death rate of people infected with it is 88 percent. After getting infected with this virus, suddenly symptoms start appearing.
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The agency also said that 16 suspected cases with symptoms like fever, fatigue and bloody vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported in Equatorial Guinea and there is a need to be very careful about it.
what are its symptoms
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the symptoms of Marburg virus start suddenly between 2 to 21 days. Its main symptoms are fever, chills, headache. After a few days of these symptoms, rashes appear on the chest, back and abdomen. Apart from this, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain and diarrhea can be symptoms of this virus.
The most worrying thing about this virus is that these symptoms become increasingly severe. This is followed by conditions like jaundice, inflammation of the pancreas, rapid weight loss, liver failure, excessive bleeding and multi-organ dysfunction. A person can die if there is a severe infection.
How dangerous this Marburg virus can prove to be can be gauged from the fact that WHO has announced a lockdown in the areas affected by this virus and to prevent its spread, emergency health experts, teams to stop the spread of infection and Labs have been deployed.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 14, 2023, 16:49 IST