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First case of Ebola-like Marburg virus detected in Guinea

14:27, 10 August 2021
First case of Ebola-like Marburg virus detected in Guinea Photo: Markus Heine/ZUMAPRESS.com

Guinea recorded the first case of the Marburg virus which may have a fatality rate as high as 88%.


The victim sought help in the local hospital in Gueckedou but soon after died.

The hospital quickly identified the deadly virus and the results were rechecked in nearby Senegal.

The World Health Organisation is currently leading an investigation to track back the contact of the diseased to help prevent the further spread of the virus.

The symptoms of the Marburg include fatigue, high temperature, and muscle pain, however, during the final stages, victims may suffer other cruel symptoms like bleeding from the eyes and ears.

“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 experience and expertise in managing Ebola, which is transmitted in a similar way,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa regional director said in a statement.

The virus currently is of very high danger as it has an almost 100% death chance and currently has no vaccines or even some kind of treatment.