Doctors Warned About Deadly Virus Spreading

Doctors Warned About Deadly Virus Spreading

( – It seems like there is always a virus on the move somewhere in the world. While most usually fade away near the communities where they begin, the disease often takes a few lives on its way. Knowing there is a possibility of spread, however, experts have warned nations around the world about the Marburg virus potentially making international rounds.

On Thursday, April 6, the CDC advised public health departments and doctors across the US that the lethal Marburg virus (MVD) has been detected in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania. According to the CDC, experts don’t have reason to believe the two outbreaks are connected, but instead, they think each began from separate but similar “animal-to-human spillover events.”

The likely MVD outbreak has killed at least nine people in Equatorial Guinea and five in Tanzania. The countries’ officials reported the outbreaks in February and March, respectively.

This disease creates very high hemorrhagic fevers in its hosts, similar to the dreaded ebola virus. Thankfully, the virus is not contagious until the stricken person exhibits symptoms, such as headache, body aches and pains, and unexplained bleeding, among others. It then can spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, such as blood or saliva, but not through the air. The incubation period can be as short as two days but as long as three weeks, making it even trickier to diagnose. It also shares many symptoms with more treatable diseases like typhoid fever and malaria.

The CDC emphasized that the risk of MVD coming to America is “low,” but it is vital health care workers know there is always a possibility of international spread. This is especially true because the disease’s mortality rate is between 23% and 90%, clearly lethal. In addition, there is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent the virus, although intensive supportive care and fluid replacement help survival rates.

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