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Uganda records three cases of deadly Marburg virus

Post by : Sue Njihia

World Health Organisation has reported two possible cases of Ebola –Like Marburg virus diseases. The virus is harmful and deadly. WHO states that analysis taken from two patients both of whom died, from Ghana’s southern Ashanti Region, turned out to be positive.

The two patients were admitted to a local hospital with symptoms such as diarrhoea, fever, nausea and vomiting before they succumbed. They were forwarded for full confirmation to the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal which works with the UN health Agency.

Uganda is also monitoring three people suspected to have the Marburg virus, a day after the country’s health minister announced one person has died if the disease.


Marburg is a virus is a hemorrhagic fever of the filoviridae family of viruses, actually same family with Ebola. The term “Viral hemorrhagic fever ‘’ refers to a condition that affects many organs of the body, damages the cardiovascular system, and reduces the body’s ability to function on its own.

The Marburg virus is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads among humans through human-to-human transmission. Its incubation period varies from 2 to 21 days. Human infection with Marburg virus diseases initially results from prolonged exposure to mines or caves inhabited by Rousettus bat colonies , sometimes referred to as dog- faced fruit bats.

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