A Dangerous Uganda Outbreak

A new virus has had a hand in the deaths of three people in Uganda and Kenya in recent times and was reported by the World Health Organization. This rare and deadly disease is called the Marburg virus and has a direct relation to Ebola.


Those unfortunate enough to be detected with the Marburg virus have an 88 percent chance of fatality, which is extremely high for a sickness.

Transmission of the Disease

If you are not usually in the presence of bats, then there isn’t much of a reason to worry because the virus is transmitted from the fruit bat called Rousettusaegyptiacus, which is normally found in regions surrounding Egypt. If there is a human affected around you, however, it can be dangerously spread through bodily fluids, or touching surfaces that have had contact with bodily fluids, therefore contaminated.

Symptoms to Look Out For

These symptoms take some time to appear, but when they do, they are heavy and can lead to various degrees of discomfort. From two to 21 days, a person who is infected display some of these symptoms: muscle aches and pains, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal problems. These symptoms lead to severe dehydration and changes in obvious features because of lethargy and low-energy. Along with these symptoms, Marburg virus also causes hemorrhagic fever, which also occurs in patients with the Ebola virus, resulting in profuse bleeding. On top of all of these symptoms, a patient can also develop confusion, irritability, and aggression because of the attack on the central nervous system within the body.

All of these symptoms, specifically a loss of blood, can result in death. This makes the Marburg virus an extremely deadly disease.

The three people who died recently from this disease were from the same family. One had reportedly traveled to Kenya shortly before his decease, making the outbreak possibly extended to a different country.

You can read more about the Marburg virus disease from the World Health Organization, WHO, here: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/marburg/en/ .


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