After the Marburg virus outbreak in Germany, people were bleeding “from every orifice.”
According to newly discovered stories, the Marburg virus caused patients to bleed “from every orifice” after an outbreak killed scores of people in Germany and Serbia.
Fears of the Marburg virus, dubbed the “deadly cousin of Ebola,” have flared after health officials in Guinea identified the first case of the disease in West Africa. The news came after a man died in the country, prompting a worried statement from the World Health Organization (WHO), requesting that the virus be “stopped in its tracks.” Because the Marburg virus has only been brought out of Africa and onto the continent twice in the previous 40 years, nothing is known about it in Europe.
This is due to the fact that the virus kills roughly nine out of every ten persons it infects, and it kills those it has infected so swiftly that it rarely has a chance to find a new host.
Throwback reports, however, revealed the virus’s impact in Europe, when it killed 31 people in Frankfurt, Germany, and Belgrade, now-Serbia, in 1967.
Priya Joi, a communications specialist at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, described the terrifying scenes as the virus infected people who had “a high temperature, chills, muscle soreness, and vomiting.”
“The patients worsened over the next few days, until they were bleeding from every orifice in their body, including needle puncture wounds,” Ms Joi wrote for her company in April.
“Virologists in Marburg found the first filovirus, a cousin of the extremely deadly Ebola virus, three months after the outbreak.
“Infected African green monkeys from Uganda were carrying the virus.”
Ms Jol asked in her article whether “increasing globalisation” could cause the Marburg virus to “erupt over the world.”
“Marburg virus can persist in the eyes and testes of persons who have recovered, and it can also persist in the placenta, amniotic fluid, and breast milk of pregnant women,” she noted.
“This has the potential to be incredibly dangerous.
“There were reports in early 2021 that Ebola, which is closely related to Marburg, may stay dormant in humans for months after an epidemic had stopped, sparking a new outbreak.”
According to reports, the largest documented outbreak of the Marburg virus occurred in Angola in 2004, with over 250 people afflicted and a 90% death rate.
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