Tanzania confirmed its first Marburg virus cases. As per the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease can potentially cause a highly fatal viral hemorrhagic fever with symptoms similar to Ebola.
On Tuesday, the health ministry of Tanzania confirmed that five people had passed away and three more were being treated for the Marburg disease, similar to Ebola.
The cases were found in the western part of Kagera, according to Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, and the government was able to stop them from spreading to other parts of the country.
According to a statement released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the national public laboratory in Tanzania confirmed the disease following the deaths of five of the eight individuals who reported experiencing symptoms in the Kagera area. The victims presented with fever, nausea, bleeding, renal failure, and other severe symptoms.
WHO said that one of the dead was a health worker. The three survivors are receiving treatment. One hundred sixty-one contacts are being watched to see if they show any symptoms. Matshido Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, stated, “The determination of the health authorities in Tanzania to establish the cause as a clear indication to respond to the outbreak effectively.”
“We are collaborating with the government to quickly scale up control measures to stop the virus from spreading,” The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Angola, Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Ghana have previously recorded individual cases and outbreaks of Marburg.
Marburg virus belongs to the same as the Ebola virus family, with a fatality rate of 88%. It is communicated to individuals from bats and spread through close contact with natural liquids of tainted people or surfaces, such as polluted bed sheets.
Treatment for Marburg’s symptoms with rehydration can improve survival chances, but there are no approved vaccines or drugs. After simultaneous outbreaks of related diseases in Belgrade, Serbia, and Marburg, Germany, in 1967, the rare virus was discovered.
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