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What is Marburg Virus

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What is Marburg Virus

Marburg virus is a hemorrhagic fever virus of the Filoviridae family of viruses and a member of the species Marburg marburgvirus, genus Marburgvirus. Marburg virus causes Marburg virus disease in primates, a form of viral hemorrhagic fever. The virus is considered to be extremely dangerous. Wikipedia

The deadly virus “Marburg” has begun spreading in the African country of Ghana. And so far two people have been diagnosed. A team of experts has arrived in Ghana, which will help prevent the Marburg virus.

What is Marburg Virus Disease?

According to the World Health Organisation, Marburg is a highly infectious viral disease that leads to haemorrhagic fever, with a fatality ratio of up to 88%. Currently there is no cure or vaccine for the disease. Marburg is in the same family as the Ebola virus disease.

How is MVD transmitted?

Currently the virus is limited to certain areas of Africa. But through those traveling to other areas, the virus can spread.

What are the symptoms of MVD?

A person infected with Marburg virus suffers from high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, abdominal pain, and cramping. In case of the severity of this deadly virus, the patient dies in eight to nine days.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of Marburg virus is possible through various tests include antibody enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), antigen detection tests, serum neutralization tests, reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay, and virus isolation by cell culture. There is no specific treatment for Marburg Virus Disease yet. If a person is diagnosed with the virus, he needs to be very careful. Particularly sexual communication, and stop meeting people.

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