Marburg virus: Threat of Marburg virus looms over the world, blood begins to come out like sweat from body, WHO calls emergency meeting
Geneva. The world has not yet recovered from the ravages of the Corona virus that another dangerous Marburg virus has heightened concern. At least 9 people have died so far in the African country of Equatorial Guinea due to this Marburg virus. There is no vaccine available for this very deadly Ebola-like virus. In such a situation, to avoid this, containment has been announced in the areas concerned.
This new virus has also aroused the concern of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the latter has convened an emergency meeting on this subject. “The World Health Organization will convene an urgent meeting of the Marburg Virus Vaccine Consortium (MARVAC) to discuss the new outbreak of Marburg virus in Equatorial Guinea,” the UN health agency said in a statement. The organization also indicated that this meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. (2:00 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday according to Indian time.
How dangerous is the Marburg virus
In fact, according to the WHO, Marburg is a very deadly virus, which reaches people through bats and then spreads from person to person. Due to this, the infected person catches hemorrhagic fever and gradually his condition becomes serious. The WHO said 88% of patients found so far have died.
Dr Matshidiso Moiti, Director of the Africa Unit of the World Health Organization, said: “The Marburg virus is highly contagious, it belongs to the Ebola virus family. This virus reached humans from fruit bats and the mortality rate of infected people is 88%. After being infected with this virus, symptoms suddenly appear.
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The agency also said that in Equatorial Guinea, ’16 suspected cases with symptoms such as fever, fatigue, bloody vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported and great caution should be exercised in this regard.
what are his symptoms
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that Marburg virus symptoms begin suddenly between 2 and 21 days. Its main symptoms are fever, chills, headache. After a few days of these symptoms, rashes appear on the chest, back and abdomen. Apart from this, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain and diarrhea can be symptoms of this virus.
The most disturbing thing about this virus is that these symptoms are getting more and more severe. This is followed by conditions such as jaundice, inflammation of the pancreas, rapid weight loss, liver failure, excessive bleeding, and multiple organ dysfunction. A person can die from a severe infection.
The dangerousness of this Marburg virus can be assessed from the fact that the WHO announced a lockdown in the areas affected by this virus and to prevent its spread, emergency health experts, teams to stop the spread of infection and labs were deployed.
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FIRST POST: February 14, 2023, 4:49 PM HST