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New Deadly Virus Hits Africa, Here Is All You Need To Know About It

Here is all you need to know about the new Deadly virus that is in Africa.

Photo: Marburg Virus.

According to UN's World Health Organization (WHO), New called Marburg virus is in Africa and Guinea has recorded the first known case of Marburg virus, a lethal cousin of Ebola virus. Subsequent sporadic cases and outbreaks have been recorded in South Africa, Uganda, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.

What is Marburg virus?

Marburg virus is a top most dangerous virus that causes haemorrhagic fever. In line with the past outbreaks of Marburg virus, in a range of 24 to 88 percent, it's average fatality rate is 50 percent. The deadly virus is part of the so-called filovirus the family to which the Ebola virus belongs to.

How is it transmitted?

The host or natural reservoir of the deadly Marburg virus is the African fruit bat. It is from the killing or butchering of infected food or bats. Human to human transmission can occur via in contact with blood or other fluids in the body, or in contact with surfaces like clothing, bending or objects that are contaminated with the fluids in which the virus is been infected. Some infections can also be transmitted through needles which likely to occur in a lab.

What are the symptoms?

Actually, the virus takes between 2 and 21 days to escalate, leading to symptoms of severe headaches, muscular pains, high fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

What treatments are available?

Actually, there is no cure no vaccine or any antiviral treatment for the deadly Marburg virus.

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