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First case of deadly Marburg virus found in West African country of Guinea, know everything about it


New Delhi: The challenge of a virus is coming before the world battling Corona. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported the outbreak of Marburg virus in Guinea. The World Health Organization has said that this is the first case so far in West Africa. It is a deadly virus that is related to Ebola and like corona has come from animals to humans.

The WHO said that this virus is spread by bats and its mortality rate is up to 88 percent. On August 2, a patient died in southern Guaidu Prefecture. This virus has been found in his samples. In the post mortem report, Ebola was not found in this person but Marburg virus was found.

“To stop the Marburg virus from spreading far and wide, we need to stop it in its tracks,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.

The Marburg virus has been detected in Guinea at a time when the WHO has announced the end of the Ebola virus here two months ago. Last year, Ebola started here, in which 12 people lost their lives. At the same time, regarding the danger of this virus, WHO said that its danger is more at the regional level and less at the global level.

“We are working with health officials to build on Guinea’s previous experience and expertise in managing Ebola to contain the virus,” Moeti said. The Guinean government has also confirmed the Marburg case in a statement.

The WHO said that the Marburg virus is usually present in caves or mines where Rousetus bats live. According to WHO, once a person comes in contact with it, then it spreads through contact with body fluids, contaminated surfaces and materials.

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