Experts: it is necessary to stop a deadly disease.
The Marburg virus, similar to the Ebola virus, was first discovered in West Africa: in Guinea, a patient died from a disease that causes 88% of patients to bleed.
A virus similar to the Ebola virus was first detected in West Africa in a patient in Guinea who died from an extremely deadly disease, writes the Daily Mail.
On Monday, the World Health Organization said that health authorities in Guinea had confirmed a case of death from the Marburg virus, a highly contagious hemorrhagic fever that causes sufferers to bleed, leading to death.
The death marks the first time the deadly disease has been detected in West Africa. Since the virus was first detected in the German city of the same name in 1967, there have been 12 major outbreaks of the Marburg virus, mainly in southern and eastern Africa. Simultaneous outbreaks also occurred in Frankfurt and Belgrade (Serbia).
The new case in Guinea was first identified last week, just two months after the country was declared Ebola-free following a brief outbreak of the deadly disease earlier this year that killed 12 people.
The WHO said in a statement that the patient, who died from the disease, first sought help at a local clinic before his condition deteriorated sharply. Later, analysts from the National Laboratory of Hemorrhagic fever of Guinea and the Pasteur Institute in Senegal confirmed the diagnosis of the unfortunate Marburg virus.
“The potential for the spread of the Marburg virus everywhere means that we must stop it,” says Matshidiso Moeti, Director of the WHO Regional Office for Africa. – We are working with the health authorities to take rapid response measures based on Guinea’s experience and knowledge in the fight against Ebola, which is transmitted similarly.”
Both the case of infection with the Marburg virus and the cases of Ebola recorded this year were detected in the Guekedou region (Guinea), near the border with Liberia and Ivory Coast.
The first cases of the largest Ebola epidemic in history in 2014-2016 were also reported in the same region of the forest region of South-Eastern Guinea.
According to the WHO, the mortality rate from cases of the Marburg virus ranged from 24 to 88 percent in past outbreaks, depending on the strain of the virus and the course of the disease. Experts added that the transmission occurs through contact with infected body fluids and tissues.
Symptoms of the disease include headache, vomiting of blood, muscle pain, and bleeding from various holes.
The Marburg virus was discovered in 2007 in specimens of Egyptian flying dogs, which confirmed suspicions that this species of bats may be a natural reservoir of a dangerous virus.