Ebola-Like Marburg virus kills two people in Uganda

Ebola-Like Marburg virus kills two people in Uganda
# 19 October 2017 20:22 (UTC +04:00)

For the first time in three years, Uganda has faced an outbreak of the deadly virus which is similar to Ebola. The health ministry has already confirmed a number of deaths but it is unknown whether there are more infected people, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

 

Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said that in September a male fell ill after hunting in a cave where a lot of fruit bats lived. The symptoms looked like those of the Marburg virus, however, no blood samples were taken. The condition of a contracted person is characterized by muscle pains, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and severe bleeding through body openings like ears and eyes.

 

On October 11 his sister, a 50-year-old woman, passed away suffering the same signs of a disease. She looked after her brother and could most probably get infected during burial rituals. A series of tests proved a suspected cause of death.

 

The Marburg virus spreads from human to human through contact with body liquids, with a fatality rate of about 80 percent. The epidemic usually starts when a contaminated animal such as a fruit bat or monkey contacts a person. Animals carrying the Marburg virus show practically no signs of the illness.

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