Marburg virus disease

Ghana's health service announced on Sunday that the country had experienced its first case of the deadly Marburg virus, putting the nation and its neighbors on high alert as experts work to contain the highly contagious disease that resembles Ebola but for which there is no approved vaccine or treatment

Both humans and non-human primates can be afflicted by the uncommon but severe hemorrhagic fever known as Marburg virus disease (MVD). The Marburg virus, a genetically distinct zoonotic (or, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family, is the culprit behind MVD. The only other known members of the filovirus family are the six different species of the Ebola virus.

Hemorrhagic fever outbreaks that occurred concurrently in laboratories in Marburg, Frankfurt, and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1967 led to the discovery of the Marburg virus (now Serbia)

MVD Outbreak Distribution  Countries reporting outbreaks of Marburg virus disease Angola  DR Congo  Germany Guinea  Kenya  Serbia   South Africa Uganda Ghana

The WHO said that Guinea has confirmed a single case in the first-ever outbreak in West Africa, which was declared over in September 2021.

According to the organization, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda have all had previous outbreaks and isolated instances of Marburg. Bats and other infected animals can spread the marburg virus. The public is consequently urged to stay away from caves where bat colonies live and to thoroughly prepare all meat products before consuming them, according to Ghanaian health authorities.