In Guinea, a case similar to infection with the Marburg virus has been recorded for the first time, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.
“A possible case of infection with the virus was tested in two Guinean laboratories. Now the authorities have decided to send a sample to Senegal to confirm infection with the Marburg virus, “ the report says.
The country’s leadership also ordered to check for possible infection with the virus in those who came into contact with the infected person and to strengthen control over the area where he was located.
According to the agency, the Marburg virus is a rare disease with a high mortality rate that does not have a special antiviral treatment. Fruit-eating bats are considered the natural hosts of the virus, which transmit it to humans, and then people can infect each other. The incubation period of the disease is 2-21 days. The main symptoms are high fever, severe headache, and severe malaise. A characteristic sign of the virus is muscle pain, as well as diarrhea, abdominal pain and colic, nausea, and vomiting. In some cases, the death of patients occurs 8-9 days after the onset of symptoms. It is usually preceded by severe blood loss and a state of shock.
Earlier, the head of the WHO, Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, warned that in the future a new pandemic of a virus more deadly than COVID-19 could begin in the world. According to him, the spread of the disease will be facilitated by the refusal of states to cooperate, as well as from the exchange of relevant information, resources, and technologies. At the same time, he added that COVID-19 is far from defeated, and in this regard called for “large-scale vaccination of at least 10 percent of the population” of each of the 194 WHO member countries by September this year.