What is Marburg virus? Everything about the Virus Detected In Ghana

The Outbreak

The first outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus has been confirmed in Ghana, placing the country and its neighbors on high alert

Like Ebola

According to experts, it contains the highly infectious Ebola-like disease, for which no vaccine or treatment is available.   

Highly contagious.  

It is a viral hemorrhagic fever in the same family as Ebola, which is highly contagious. 

Fruit Bat

According to the WHO, the virus is transmitted to humans from fruit bats and spreads through contact with their bodily fluids.

Marburg Virus symptoms 

high fever, muscle pains, bleeding, severe headaches, diarrhea and vomiting blood.   

No Vaccines

Vaccines and treatments to treat the virus do not exist—several are still in the testing phase—although supportive care like rehydration and treatment of specific symptoms might be helpful.

 Report

A report by the Ghana Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed the presence of the Marburg virus in the blood of two deceased patients who had diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting symptoms.