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.
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.