Equatorial Guinea has confirmed its first outbreak of Marburg virus disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Nine people have died from the virus, which is related to the Ebola virus.
The outbreak was first reported on February 13th and has affected the Mbini district in the country’s mainland. The Ministry of Health of Equatorial Guinea, in collaboration with the WHO, has launched an investigation into the outbreak.
The Marburg virus is a rare and deadly virus that can cause severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and non-human primates. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, and chills. In some cases, it can also cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bleeding.
The WHO is working with the Ministry of Health of Equatorial Guinea to respond to the outbreak. This includes providing technical support, conducting surveillance activities, and providing laboratory testing.
The WHO is also providing guidance on infection prevention and control measures and is working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that those affected by the virus have access to the necessary medical care.
The WHO has reminded people to take precautions to protect themselves from the virus, such as avoiding contact with infected individuals and practicing good hygiene.
The WHO is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as more information becomes available.