Health authorities in Guinea has confirmed a case of Marburg virus disease in Gueckedou.
This is the first case confirmed in the country and West Africa.
Samples were taken from a now deceased patient and tested by a field laboratory in Gueckedou as well as Guinea’s national hemorrhagic fever laboratory turned out positive for the Marburg virus.
Further analysis by the Instite Pasteur in Senegal confirmed the result.
Efforts are underway to find the people who may have been in contact with the patient as well as mobilization to raise awareness to help curb widespread.
Marburg is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads among humans through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, surfaces and materials.
Symptoms include high fever, severe headache and malaise.
There are no vaccines or antiviral treatments approved to treat the virus yet. Supportive care- rehydration with oral or intravenous fluids and treatment of specific symptoms, improves survival.
Marburg virus have been reported in other African countries like Angola, Uganda, DR Congo, Kenya and South Africa.