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Marburg Disease Cases Continue to Rise in Equatorial Guinea: WHO Reports 15 Cases

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By: Geeta Pillai
Marburg Disease Cases Continue to Rise in Equatorial Guinea: WHO Reports 15 Cases
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Equatorial Guinea is grappling with a growing outbreak of Marburg disease, a highly infectious and often fatal virus that is related to the Ebola virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed six more cases of the disease in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 15.

The first case of Marburg disease was reported in Equatorial Guinea on March 22. Since then, the virus has spread to six provinces in the country. Marburg disease is characterized by high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding, and it has a fatality rate of up to 88 percent.

Marburg disease is caused by a virus belonging to the same family as Ebola. It is a rare disease that is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood, vomit, and saliva, of an infected person. There is no specific treatment for Marburg disease, and the best way to prevent its spread is through early detection, isolation of infected persons, and good infection control measures.

Equatorial Guinea Braces for a Possible Outbreak

The outbreak of Marburg disease in Equatorial Guinea has raised concerns about a possible epidemic in the country. The government has taken measures to contain the spread of the virus, including quarantining infected individuals, tracing their contacts, and isolating suspected cases.

The WHO has sent a team of experts to Equatorial Guinea to assist the government in its response to the outbreak. The team is working with local health officials to strengthen surveillance, improve laboratory testing, and provide medical care to affected individuals.

WHO Steps Up Efforts to Contain the Spread

The WHO has classified the Marburg disease outbreak in Equatorial Guinea as a Grade 3 emergency, the highest level of emergency response. The organization has activated its Incident Management System to coordinate the response and provide technical assistance to the government.

The WHO has also appealed for $6 million in funding to support the response efforts. The funds will be used to strengthen the capacity of health facilities, provide medical supplies and equipment, and train health workers on infection prevention and control measures.

Public Health Measures to Combat Marburg Disease

The outbreak of Marburg disease in Equatorial Guinea highlights the importance of public health measures in controlling infectious diseases. These measures include early detection, isolation of infected persons, contact tracing, and good infection control practices.

Public health officials have advised the public to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, such as washing hands regularly, avoiding close contact with infected individuals, and wearing personal protective equipment when in contact with infected persons.

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