World Health Organization issues new declaration

The pioneer health organization awares the people about a new virus that spreads from Rousettus bats

On August 2 witnessed the first death as a result of Marburg disease in Southern Gueckedou. The presence of this disease was confirmed by the World Health Organization.
The pioneer Health Organization in the world, WHO has given a clarification on this deadly virus.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization said that the WHO was informed by the ministry of health of Guinea regarding a case of Marburg virus disease. It was added that the man who was showing symptoms of this disease, died after 8 days.
WHO and their partners were supporting Guinea's ministry of health to investigate the source of the outbreak, trace contacts and inform the local community about how to protect themselves. It was highlighted that about 150 contacts have been identified and have been followed up which includes 3 family members and a health worker who has been identified as high-risk contacts.
Marburg virus disease is a highly virulent disease that is associated with exposure to caves or mines and housing colonies of Rousettus bats
This particular virus is very different from the one which causes the Covid virus but many of the elements of the response are the same. Isolation, quarantine, taking proper care is extremely important here too. There is no licensed vaccine for this virus. The vaccines are still under development.
representative image of the Marburg virus
Image: representative image of the Marburg virus
Marburg virus disease is a highly virulent disease that is associated with exposure to caves or mines and housing colonies of Rousettus bats. A person suffering from such a virus may show symptoms like high fever, severe headache, muscle ache, watery diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cramping, nausea. Nausea and vomiting generally begin on
the 3rd day and persist for a week. The World Health Organization says that in some fatal cases, the patient might suffer from bloody discharge through vomits, bleeding gums, nose and vagina.
The virus has an incubation period from 2 to 21 days. It can be transmitted from human to human through blood and other bodily fluid.



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