In Guinea, a man died of Marburg fever for the first time

The first case of hemorrhagic Marburg fever (also known as “green monkey disease”) identified in the south of Guinea, the infected person died. This was reported on its website by the World Health Organization (WHO).

It is noted that the man showed symptoms of the disease on July 25. On August 1, he visited a small medical facility near his village with symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain and bleeding gums. A rapid diagnostic test for malaria was performed, which yielded a negative result. The patient received supportive therapy, but passed away on August 2.

“We are working with [Guinea’s] health services to respond quickly. <...> We have to do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus,” Matshidiso Moeti, head of the WHO Africa office, was quoted as saying.

Blood samples taken from the deceased patient were examined in one of the country’s national laboratories, then in the Pasteur Institute in Senegal. The results of both tests confirmed Marburg fever. The WHO also confirmed these results.

The virus was found in the area where the Ebola outbreak occurred between January and June of this year. The fact is that the causative agent of Marburg fever belongs to the same class as the virus that causes Ebola.

As modern medicine believes, the Marburg fever virus is transmitted to humans from bats. And there is as yet no vaccine against this form of hemorrhagic fever.

Cases of Marburg fever in previous years were recorded in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. On August 6 it became known about the unconfirmed case of Marburg fever in Guinea.

Previously, Guinea refused to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the spread of coronavirus.