The next virus to create mass panic in the coming months: the Marburg virus.

On August 6, Guinea’s Ministry of Health notified the World Health Organization of its first confirmed case of the deadly Marburg virus, according to a WHO report. According to the organization, this is the first known case of Marburg virus in Guinea and West Africa. The Marburg virus belongs to the same family as the Ebola virus and previous epidemics of the virus have occurred elsewhere in Africa, in Angola, Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.

Brazil is also concerned about the possible emergence of the Marburg virus, which now appears to be circulating throughout the country.

Uganda is in the midst of a health crisis as the deadly Marburg virus has once again struck the African nation.

Health officials have announced that the virus, which is clinically similar to the Ebola virus, has been detected in five cases. Reports state that emergency testing for the Marburg virus is underway on the Kenya-Uganda border in Turkana, where three members of the same family have died from the disease.

Reports detail that the epidemic began in September, when an adult man in his 30s, who worked as a hunter and lived near a cave with a large colony of bats, was admitted to a local health center after falling ill with high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. According to reports, the man did not respond to antimalarial treatment and his health deteriorated rapidly. The man was transferred to another hospital, but died shortly thereafter. The man’s middle-aged sister and a third victim also died later.

“Marburg virus disease is a rare disease with a high mortality rate for which there is no specific treatment. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected people or wild animals (e.g., monkeys and fruit bats),” according to an entry on the disease posted on the World Health Organization (WHO) website. Health experts note that this deadly virus kills up to 88% of the people it infects and is currently considered one of the deadliest pathogens to date.

However, leading health authorities remain in the dark about the extent of the deadly epidemic. (RELATED: Black Death and Incurable Marburg Virus Now Spreading Through African Cities… Global Medical System Powerless to Stop It)

“At the moment, we do not know if there are other people, besides the dead, who have contracted the disease. Health experts are still investigating, as well as raising awareness of the dangers of Marburg, and we ask the public to be vigilant,” said Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary of the Ugandan Ministry of Health.

WHO recommends measures to reduce the risk of contracting the Marburg virus

In light of the recent Marburg virus epidemic in Uganda, WHO has identified key indicators to prevent the occurrence and transmission of the disease. These tips include:

*Keep the public well informed – According to WHO, communities affected by the epidemic should keep the general population informed about the nature of the disease to avoid the emergence of community stigmatization. The health agency also suggests that people with symptoms of the disease should be taken immediately to treatment centers. The organization also stresses the importance of following epidemic containment guidelines. According to WHO, people who have died from the disease should be buried immediately.

*Wearing protective clothing and equipment – WHO encourages people to wear gloves and other appropriate protective clothing, such as masks, during work or research activities and during tourist visits to mines or caves where fruit bat colonies roost, to reduce the risk of bat transmission to humans.

  • Avoiding direct contact – The health organization also discourages healthy, unaffected people from having direct contact with infected patients in order to prevent the onset of human-to-human transition within the community. WHO also suggests the use of gloves and protective clothing when caring for infected patients. In addition, WHO advises routine hand washing after visiting sick family members and when caring for infected family members at home.

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