First suspected case of Marburg disease detected in Spain


eMediNexus    26 February 2023

Health officials in the Spanish area of Valencia announced on Saturday that Spain had detected its first possible case of Marburg sickness. This fatal contagious viral infection has forced more than 200 people to live in quarantine in Equatorial Guinea.


The local health officials stated that the disease had been suspected in a 34-year-old man who recently visited Equatorial Guinea. He was moved from a private hospital to an isolation unit at the Hospital La Fe in Valencia until tests were run.


The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the Marburg virus has a mortality rate of up to 88%, and no vaccines or antiviral medications are yet approved for its treatment.


More than 200 people were quarantined and travel restricted in the Kie-Ntem province of Equatorial Guinea on February 13, where the hemorrhagic fever was detected first.


According to the WHO, the small central African nation has recorded 16 possible cases of the illness, which has symptoms like fever, exhaustion, red vomit, and diarrhea. There have also been nine confirmed deaths as a result of the disease. WHO stated that Equatorial Guineas epidemiological surveillance is reportedly being expanded.


The public health delegate for the area, Robert Mathurin Bidjang, said on February 14 that Cameroonian authorities detected two probable cases of Marburg disease on February 13 in Olamze, a commune near the border with Equatorial Guinea.


In an effort to prevent an outbreak, Cameroon has restricted mobility near the border


(Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/spanish-authorities-detect-first-suspected-case-marburg-disease-2023-02-25/)

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