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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Nine people have died in Equatorial Guinea due to the ‘outbreak’ of Marburg virus. Marburg virus causes a fatal hemorrhagic fever like Ebola. The health minister of the country gave this information on Monday. Along with this, he announced that a province has been kept in quarantine. The government announced last week that it was investigating the cause of suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever in the densely forested eastern region near the borders with Gabon and Cameroon on Africa’s west coast. He later said that only three people had shown ‘mild symptoms’.
Health Minister Mitoha Ondo’o Ayakaba told a news conference that a health alert has been declared in Ki-Ntem province and the neighboring district of Mongomo, with a “lockdown plan in force” following consultations with the World Health Organization and the United Nations. He said that 4,325 people are being affected due to the quarantine in Ki-Ntem. The minister said that 9 deaths occurred between January 7 and February 7. He also informed that there has been a ‘suspicious’ death in the hospital on 10 February, but it is yet to be tested.
WHO high alert regarding Marburg virus
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Monday that in addition to the nine deaths, 16 other people in Ki-Ntem showed suspicious symptoms, including fever and vomiting blood. The global organization said that the Marburg virus was first attacked in the Central African country. However, outbreaks of this virus have also been seen in other parts of Africa including Angola, DR Congo, Guinea, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.
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The WHO said it has sent special teams to Equatorial Guinea to assist local authorities. Equatorial Guinea is an oil-rich state led by authoritarian President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo since 1979.
The year 1967 saw the highest number of cases of Marburg Violas.
Transmission of this virus can happen from one person to another and it can also spread through skin to skin touch. The Marburg virus is related to the Ebola virus. This virus has already knocked. The maximum number of cases were seen in the year 1967. It was said about this virus that if someone comes in its grip, then his death is certain.
The mortality rate of a person infected with the Marburg virus ranges from 24 to 88%.
Marburg infection spreads faster than Ebola virus and catches people. According to WHO, outbreaks of Marburg infection have been observed several times in South and East Africa since 1967. How fast this virus spreads can be gauged from the fact that the death rate of the infected has ranged from 24 percent to 88 percent.
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Marburg virus gives rise to a highly dangerous disease, which often causes severe fever with bleeding, and targets many organs of the body. Not only this, this virus also reduces the body’s ability to work on its own.
symptoms of marburg virus
The virus takes two to 21 days to take effect, causing sudden symptoms of high fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms are similar to typhoid and malaria, that’s why people forget to take it lightly and do not do initial treatment, but later this virus completely grips the body, then it becomes almost difficult to get rid of it. .
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 14, 2023, 07:15 IST