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BREAKING NEWS: Marburg virus claims several lives in Guinea since it's outbreak

Marburg virus is a haemorrhagic fever virus of the Filoviridae family of viruses and a member of the species, genus Marburg virus.


Health experts say the Marburg virus belongs to the same family as Ebola, and the virus is considered to be highly infectious


The Marburg virus disease is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads between humans through the transmission of bodily fluid


It is a severe, often fatal illness with symptoms including headache, fever, muscle pains, vomiting blood and bleeding


The first-ever Marburg outbreak was in Germany in 1967 where seven people die


In Africa, previous outbreaks and sporadic cases have been reported in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda, the World Health Organization (WHO) say


Cases are extremely rare, with the last major outbreak in Angola in 200


The virus killed more than 200 people in Angola in 2005, the deadliest outbreak on record, according to the global health bod


Preventive measures includes


Avoid contact with body fluids (such as urine, saliva, sweat, faeces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of people who show symptom

Practice hand hygiene: frequent handwashing with soap under running water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser

Do not handle items that many have come in contact with an infected person’s body fluids


Avoid contact with dead bodies, including participating in funeral or burial rituals of suspected or confirmed Marburg cases


Seek medical care immediately (the nearest health facility) if one develops fever (body temperature 38C or above) or other symptoms such as severe headache, fatigue (feeling very tired), muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising...s.e:y.5.s.d.g.s.s.

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