Ghana Announces First Marburg Virus Cases

Ghana Announces First Marburg Virus Cases

Virus OUTBREAK – New Cases of Deadly Disease Confirmed!

( – Viruses are never good, although healthcare professionals can treat many cases with proper care and attention. However, health officials have no treatment or vaccine for the Marburg virus, which recently reappeared in Ghana this month and has taken two lives so far.

On Sunday, July 17, Ghana health authorities confirmed two cases of the Ebola-like Marburg virus after a laboratory in Senegal verified the cases. This outbreak is only the second ever to occur in West Africa. The first happened in 2021 in Guinea.

While the CDC doesn’t know precisely how the Marburg virus transmits from fruit bats to humans, it confirms the disease spreads between humans through bodily fluids. Scientists discovered the highly lethal disease at labs in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and Frankfurt and Marburg, Germany.

Symptoms typically start with an intense fever and headache with a rash, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting following soon after. More serious issues that can appear later on range from pancreatitis and liver failure to hemorrhaging. It may take anywhere from two days to three weeks for symptoms to show.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is contact tracing and quarantining those in Ghana who came in contact with the deadly disease to stop this outbreak quickly because the mortality rate can be very high. However, the risk of exposure for Americans remains low for now.

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