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The first human case of Marburg virus in West Africa is no surprise: here’s why

The first human case of Marburg virus in West Africa is no surprise: here’s why

THE first case of fatal Marburg virus disease was identified in Guinea, West Africa on 9 August 2021. Marburg is a highly infectious zoonotic haemorrhagic fever transmitted to people from fruit bats, specifically the Egyptian Rousette bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus). It spreads among humans through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, surfaces and materials. WANDA MARKOTTER, Professor/Director Centre for Viral Zoonoses/ DST-NRF South African Research Chair, University of Pretoria No cases have previously been reported in West Africa. Marburg virus is part of the same family as the Ebola virus. Guinea’s detection comes less than two months after…
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