10POINTER- The first two cases of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious Ebola-like disease, have been confirmed officially by Ghana after test results were verified by a Senegal laboratory.
What is the Marburg virus disease?
According to the WHO,Marburg virus disease (MVD), earlier known as Marburg haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal hemorrhagic fever.
Marburg, like Ebola, is a filovirus; and both diseases are clinically similar.
Rousettus fruit-bats are considered the natural hosts for Marburg virus.
However, African green monkeys imported from Uganda were the source of the first human infection.
It is difficult to clinically distinguish MVD from diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and other viral haemorrhagic fevers.