UPDATE: Patient who bled to death from Ebola-like Marburg virus ‘may have spread to 155 others’

(TheRemnants) – A man who tragically died from the Marburg virus in West Africa could have spread it to 155 people according to a new report from The Daily Star.

The virus, which reportedly can leave victims brutally bleeding to death, has never been seen in that part of the world before – causing concern it may continue to spread, The Sun reports. Health professionals have warned that the Ebola-like virus, which has a dangerously high 88% fatality rate, could “spread far and wide” and needs to be sorted quicly.

The map shows the location of previous Marburg virus outbreaks (marked with stars) and countries that have experienced Marburg haemorrhagic fever outbreaks. It also displays countries with imported cases of the virus in humans (in light orange), including North America and South Africa, and countries that have experienced outbreaks after infected monkeys have been imported (orange), such as in Germany

Authorities are currently in Guinea monitoring 155 people who could have been in contact with the confirmed case, the World Health Organisation said. The patient died in south-eastern Guinea – which was where the West Africa Ebola outbreak originated in 2014.

The virus, which reportedly can leave victims brutally bleeding to death, has never been seen in that part of the world before – causing concern it may continue to spread, The Sun reports.

Health professionals have warned that the Ebola-like virus, which has a dangerously high 88% fatality rate, could “spread far and wide” and needs to be sorted quickly.

Authorities are currently in Guinea monitoring 155 people who could have been in contact with the confirmed case, the World Health Organisation said.

The patient died in south-eastern Guinea
The patient died in south-eastern Guinea (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Health authorities in Guinea are now monitoring 155 people who may have been in contact with the confirmed case, the World Health Organisation said.

The patient died in Gueckedou in southeastern Guinea – the region was the origin of the 2014-16 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the deadliest in history, and saw a brief resurgence of virus this year.

Georges Ki-Zerbo, the WHO country head in Guinea, said: “There is no known secondary case.

“The contacts have been traced, and 155 people are under observation for three weeks.

“It is active surveillance. The contacts are kept at home, isolated from other members of the family. They are visited every day to check on potential symptoms.”

The patient developed symptoms on July 25, before going to a small health clinic near his village on August 1.

Mr Ki-Zerbo said Guinea was better prepared to handle an outbreak than it had been when Ebola struck in 2014.

The virus is from the same pathogen family as Ebola, but has no known treatments or vaccines and can lead to a horrific death.

Marburg virus was first identified in 1967 in both Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and in Belgrade, Serbia.

The outbreak was linked to labs using African green monkeys imported from Uganda.

VIRAL SPREAD

It is transmitted to people via fruit bats and spreads between human through bodily fluids.

Symptoms include fever, headache, chest pain, abdominal pain and fatigue. Many infected people will suffer haemorrhaging within a week.

Marburg is listed by the WHO as a top ten priority disease, meaning it poses “the greatest public health risk”.

Angola suffered the worst epidemic in 2005, when 90 per cent of the 252 people infected in the southern African country died.