The infectious and deadly Marburg virus has been identified in Ghana, according to a UN press release.
“Preliminary data of two cases of Marburg virus infection prompted Ghana to prepare for a potential outbreak,” the UN said in a statement. “If confirmed, this would be the first such infection reported in the country and the second in West Africa.”
The highly contagious virus has been named the next big pandemic threat by the WHO, which describes it as “epidemic prone”.
Two unrelated patients from the southern Ashanti region suffered from diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting. They both died.
Samples taken from two patients by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research were positive for Marburg. These samples were sent to the Institut Pasteur in Senegal, a collaborating center of the World Health Organization (WHO), for confirmation.
According to the WHO, human infection with Marburg virus disease initially occurs as a result of prolonged exposure to mines or caves inhabited by colonies of Rousettus bats.
“WHO is sending experts to support Ghanaian health officials and trace close contacts of victims.”
A deadly relative of Ebola, Marburg kills between a quarter and 90 percent of those who become infected.
Infected patients become “ghosts”, their eyes sink deeply, and their faces become expressionless. Also, the course of the disease is accompanied by bleeding from the nose, gums, eyes and vagina.
“There are no vaccines or antivirals approved to treat the virus, so doctors have to rely on intravenous drips to relieve symptoms.”
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