The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea reported an additional confirmed Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) case, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 15.
Including the 20 probable cases (all fatal), 31 total deaths have been reported.
Bata district, in the northwest part of the country, has reported the most confirmed cases with nine, including six deaths. The remaining cases are reported in three districts in varying locations across the country.
This is Equatorial Guinea’s first MVD outbreak. The health ministry declared an outbreak on February 13.
Marburg virus disease is a highly virulent disease that causes haemorrhagic fever, with a fatality ratio of up to 88%. It is in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola virus disease. Illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly, with high fever, severe headache and severe malaise. Many patients develop severe hemorrhagic symptoms within seven days. The virus is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads among humans through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, surfaces and materials.
There are no vaccines or antiviral treatments approved to treat the virus. However, supportive care – rehydration with oral or intravenous fluids – and treatment of specific symptoms, improves survival.
- Okinawa reports 1st case of monkeypox, Cases in Japan increasing
- Indonesia reports 700K tuberculosis detections in 2022, A record high for the country
- Vietnam: Hanoi reports big increase in hand, foot and mouth disease
- Philippines dengue cases nearly double last year’s numbers
- Netherlands: Flu epidemic is over
- South Korea: 1st local transmission of monkeypox reported
- Ohio: Measles and mumps cases reported in Dayton area
- South Africa measles outbreak tops 900 cases
- South Korea reports first death from Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) this year