Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hospital in Spain

 

Spain has found what is thought to be the first case of the Marburg virus in the country.



The Spanish patient is a guy who is 34 years old and has just returned from a trip to the country of Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa.



Health officials in the area say that he used to be in a private hospital but has now been moved to a solitary unit at Hospital La Fe in Valencia so that he can be tested even more.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Marburg virus causes MVD, which is "a rare but deadly hemorrhagic fever that affects both humans and non-human primates."



It is possible for primates, including humans, to get affected by the Marburg virus, which may result in a severe illness with a high fatality rate.



Officials from the Spanish Ministry of Health said on Saturday that more than 200 people in Equatorial Guinea had lately been placed in quarantine due to Marburg sickness.



In the early days of this month, health officials in Cameroon found what may have been two instances of the deadly Marburg virus close to the country's border with Equatorial Guinea.



According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the "highly contagious illness" has the potential to have a "mortality ratio of up to 88 Percent" and is "associated with the same lineage as the virus that triggers Ebola virus sickness."



Marburg is a disease for which no vaccinations or preventative therapies are available.


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