In Ghana, Africa, for the first time, an Ebola virus-like and highly contagious ‘Marburg Virus’ infection occurred.
Ghanaian authorities reported on the 17th that two recent cases of Marburg virus in the southern Ashanti region had died while being hospitalized.
The infected people tested positive earlier this month, and a research institute in Senegal later verified the confirmation.
Ghana’s Ministry of Health (GHS) said 98 people have been quarantined as suspected cases of contact.
There is no cure for this virus yet. However, experts say that drinking enough water and treating the symptoms can increase the chances of survival.
The Marburg virus is transmitted by fruit bats and is transmitted from person to person through body fluids.
It is a serious disease that is accompanied by symptoms such as headache, fever, muscle pain, vomiting, and bleeding, and can sometimes lead to death.
Ghanaian health authorities have warned citizens not to go near caves and to consume all meat products after they are fully cooked.
Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been sporadic outbreaks of Marburg virus in African regions such as Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda in the past.
The first outbreak occurred in Marburg, Germany in 1967, killing seven people.
In 2005, more than 200 people died in Angola, the worst case of Marburg virus infection in history, according to the WHO.