WHO encourages Equatorial Guinea to disclose more cases of Marburg


The World Health Organization chief revealed on Wednesday that his agency was aware of further Marburg cases in Equatorial Guinea. He has pushed the government to properly report them.

Marburg virus sickness is classified as a viral hemorrhagic fever by the World Health Organization. It has a death rate of up to 88 percent.

Other symptoms include bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Regrettably, no vaccines or effective antiviral medications are presently available.

“Thus far, nine confirmed instances have been reported, with seven deaths occurring across three locations. Despite the fact that these three areas are just 150 kilometers apart, continued viral spread is expected.”

When questioned about the Equatorial Guinea epidemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued the following comment.

We have demanded that the government officially inform the WHO of any new occurrences that have come to their attention.

Tedros also reported a Marburg virus outbreak in Tanzania, with eight confirmed cases and five deaths in one area.

WHO said that it was working with local authorities and vaccine manufacturers to begin testing in countries where cases had been confirmed.


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