Marburg virus disease

  • 27th July, 2022
  • Marburg virus disease is a severe fatal hemorrhagic fever. Marburg, like Ebola, is a filovirus; and both diseases are clinically similar.
  • Rousettus fruit-bats are considered the natural hosts for Marburg virus. However, African green monkeys imported from Uganda were the source of the first human infection, the WHO points out.
  • It spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people.
  • The disease has an average fatality rate of around 50%. However, it can be low as 24% depending on virus strain and case management.

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