Marburg outbreak in Africa – level 2

22-02-2023 15:00

The WHO confirmed the first outbreak of the Marburg virus in Equatorial Guinea, a small country in Central Africa.

Marburg virus is a highly infectious and very dangerous disease. It is similar to Ebola, and its symptoms include fever, tiredness, and diarrhea. According to the WHO, 88% of infected people die, and currently, there is no vaccine or medicine which stops the virus.

Nine people died of the virus in the Kie-Ntem province, and more than 200 people were in quarantine. Cameroon, which neighbors Equatorial Guinea, watched the situation carefully and asked people not to travel to the country.

Difficult words: infectious (a disease which spreads from person to person), diarrhea (when the body’s solid waste is more liquid than usual), quarantine (when someone has to stay away from others because he has or he may have a disease).

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