What is Marburg virus disease? What are the symptoms and how is it treated?

Marburg virus

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More than 90 contacts of the confirmed Marburg virus disease cases have been identified and are being monitored. (ABC News: Chris Gillette)

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Marburg virus disease (MVD) has been detected in two men in Ghana, both of whom died after seeking treatment late last month.

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The Ebola-like disease, which is severe in humans and often fatal, was confirmed as the cause of death by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday.

The patients, who were unrelated, showed symptoms including diarrhoea, fever, nausea and vomiting. – 

They were taken to a district hospital but later died. – 

That was the only case recorded in the 2021 outbreak, which lasted five weeks.

More than 90 contacts of the two cases have been identified and are being monitored.

It is the second outbreak of MVD in West Africa after a case was confirmed in Guinea last year.

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Here's what we know so far: – 

It's viral, haemorrhagic fever in the same family as Ebola. It's highly infectious and was initially detected in 1967 after outbreaks in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany and Belgrade in Serbia. The WHO says those outbreaks were linked to laboratory work using African green monkeys, which had been imported from Uganda.

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