10 October 2017

Marburg Virus Disease is as deadly as Ebola

Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) is a lethal virus that has a case fatality ratio that can be as high as 88 per cent, according to figures.

It is considered by many scientists to be one of the most deadly pathogens in existence.

MVD falls within the same family as the Ebola Virus - the haemorrhagic fever that decimated West Africa and killed around 11,000 in 2014 and 2015.

An outbreak of MVD has broken out in Uganda, concerned health chiefs have announced.

International aid agencies have rushed to deploy teams on the ground to control the outbreak.

The news comes amid a surge in cases of plague in Madagascar, which is considered to be the 'worst outbreak in 50 years' and now at 'crisis' point.

It can be spread through bites from either fruit bats or monkeys, and can be passed from human-to-human through semen and blood.

However, MVD can also be passed through coming into contact with contaminated clothing and bedsheets, the World Health Organization states.

MVD causes severe bleeding, fever, vomiting and bouts of diarrhoea and it has a 21-day incubation period. Currently, there is no treatment.

Paul Watts, SP's Head of International Business Development said "We have many years of experience in helping organisations respond to everything from pandemics and major incidents to simple mobile clinics and field hospitals." 

Further information and updates are available from the WHO website.

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