According to World Health Organisation( WHO), two suspected cases of Marburg virus disease were reported in Ghana. Marburg virus Disease is similar to Ebola.
- In the primary analysis, samples were taken from two patients belonging to southern Ashanti region of Ghana. Both patients died as, they were positive.
- To confirm the presence of virus, samples have now been transferred to the research centre in Senegal.
- No new cases have been reported after these two deaths were reported.
The Marburg Virus disease is an contagious haemorrhagic fever. It belongs to same family as Ebola. The virus is transmitted to people via fruit batons. People to people transmission also takes place, if the uninfected person comes in direct contact with bodily fluids of infected person or surfaces. Marburg virus has an incubation period of 2- 21 days. This complaint is potentially very harmful and deadly. Fatality rates in former outbreaks have ranged from 24 to 88.
Symptoms of Marburg virus disease
Common symptoms of Marburg virus disease include-high fever, severe malaise, severe headache, Muscle aches and pains. Patient may also see severe watery diarrhoea, nausea & vomiting, abdominal pain & cramping on the third day following the contracting. These symptoms persist for a week.
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