What is Marburg disease?
The Marburg disease is a bat-borne illness that spreads to people by direct contact with infected bodily fluids or objects. As per WHO, the virus that causes Marburg disease is similar to the Ebola virus. It is a highly infectious disease and has a fatality ratio of up to 88 percent.
According to the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Marburg is a rare hemorrhagic fever that can harm the body’s organs and result in bleeding. According to the CDC, it is a zoonotic virus that, along with the six Ebola virus species, makes up the filovirus family. It was first recognized in 1967.
Signs and symptoms of Marburg disease
Some of the common symptoms seen in the cases detected in Equatorial Guinea include fever, diarrhoea, tiredness, and vomiting. As per CDC, the incubation period of the disease is 2-21 days and the symptoms include:
Some symptoms may appear after the onset of the initial signs of the disease, which include:
- Rash on check, back or stomach
- Chest pain
- Sore throat
- Abnominal pain
Severe symptoms of the Marburg disease
When the disease progresses, it may lead to severe symptoms like:
- Severe weight loss
- Liver failure
- Multi-organ failure