Marburg virus outbreak map

More than half a century has passed since the first outbreaks of the disease caused by the Marburg virus were discovered. The German cities of Frankfurt and Marburg (hence the name), along with the Serbian city of Belgrade, recorded a simultaneous outbreak in 1967. Now, that virus is back in the news because Equatorial Guinea recorded its first outbreak in the past. February 13th. Also because in Spain, a case was studied of a man who visited the African country and was hospitalized with similar symptoms, although finally he tested negative.

according to Explain According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Marburg virus causes severe hemorrhagic fever. On average, their mortality rate is 50%. In addition, the symptoms it causes in patients are very similar to those of Ebola, despite the fact that they are different viruses.

Since 1967, ten countries have reported Marburg virus outbreaks, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Serbia, South Africa, and Uganda. In total, there have been nearly two dozen outbreaks, with Uganda being the country with the most outbreak, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United State.

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WHO: Equatorial Guinea confirms first outbreak of Marburg virus disease

World Health Organization: Marburg virus disease

CDC: “Marburg Disease Distribution Map.”

Telegram of the Ministry of Health

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