How to avoid Marburg virus


Marburg virus has killed five people in the northwest of the East African country of Tanzania. Related to the highly contagious virus Ebola. 

The virus has killed hundreds of people in various African countries in recent years. International media BBC published a report on this recently. According to their report, let’s find out – what is Marburg virus and how dangerous it is.

African green monkeys and pigs carry the germs. Rosette fruit bats also spread the virus in Egypt. Marburg virus in humans is transmitted from animals and spread from one body to another through bodily fluids. 

Even after patients recover, the virus can remain in their blood or semen for months.

How can it be remedied?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Marburg actually belongs to the Ebola virus group. Studies have shown that Marburg spreads faster than Ebola. So it is important to be careful about this virus. Most worrying is that no vaccine has yet been discovered against the Marburg virus. So it is better not to take any risk. Marburg virus is not always understood. So it is important to take precautions in advance. The World Health Organization has advised avoiding public gatherings in such situations. Wash your hands and feet well and wear a mask when you come from outside. 

Marburg virus has no cure and no vaccine has been discovered yet. A variety of blood products, drugs and immunotherapies are being developed, the WHO says. 

Doctors say that drinking plenty of water and treating symptoms increases the patient’s chances of survival. Additionally, blood transfusions may be used for treatment.

According to the International Health Organization Gavi, Africans should avoid wild animal meat. The WHO says that contact with pigs in outbreak areas should be avoided. Men with the virus should use condoms for one year after the onset of symptoms or until their semen is double negative. Contact with those who bury infected corpses should also be avoided.

Avoid contact with blood and body fluids (such as urine, faeces, saliva, sweat, vomit, breast milk, amniotic fluid, semen, and vaginal fluid) of sick people. Avoid contact with the semen of a person who has recovered from MVD until tests show that the virus has been cleared from their semen.

There are now a total of 16 laboratory-confirmed MVD cases. 11 people died in these incidents. 23 possible cases of MVD were also reported

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