Ghana Confirms The Second Outbreak Of The Deadly Marburg Virus

Marburg Virus

Ghana has recently confirmed the outbreak of the Marburg virus. In a Sunday report, the health service of Ghana revealed that two people who tested positive for the Marburg virus are dead. The patients tested positive for the virus earlier in July.

The test result was confirmed positive on 10th July. The development came after being verified by a laboratory in Senegal. 

Ghana Health Services stated – “Further testing at the Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal has corroborated the results,”

Until now, 98 people in the West African nation are now under quarantine since they are suspected to be Marburg positive. This virus is similar to Ebola, and the doctors have said that there is no treatment for this virus. But, according to them, drinking an ample amount of water may increase one’s chance of survival. Marburg virus transmits to people through fruit bats and bodily fluids.

The health services of Ghana are trying their best to reduce the virus from any further spread. They are isolating the ones who came in contact with the patients. Luckily none of them has shown any symptoms of developing the virus.

It was last year that the Marburg virus was detected for the first time in Guinea. But there has been no further confirmation of the virus until July 2022. This is the second outbreak of this virus in West Africa.

According to WHO, the symptoms of this virus are diarrhea, nausea, fever, vomiting, headache, and vomiting blood. Both of the patients who suffered from this virus and died had these symptoms. The patients who died were from the Ashanti region of Ghana.

The first outbreak of this virus was in 1967 in Germany, killing seven people. This virus also killed two hundred people in Angola in  2005. The doctors and the health specialists suggest consuming meat-based foods after thoroughly cooking them.

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