Guinea confirms West Africa’s first case of rare, Ebola-like Marburg virus disease
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported yesterday that a patient in Guinea with a highly infectious Marburg virus disease has passed away. This marks the first case of the Ebola-like virus in West Africa. Samples of the virus were taken from the patient, who was treated in Gueckedou. The disease causes hemorrhagic fever, which lead to the patient’s death. The detection of the Marburg virus comes less than two months after Guinea declared an end to its most recent Ebola outbreak. Further analysis by the Institut Pasteur in Senegal confirmed the sample results, declaring that the patient had died of the Marburg virus.