Marburg virus disease (MVD) which is a rare version of the plague can be very harmful in 90 percent of the cases. In Turkana, health workers have already begun emergency screenings at the Kenya-Uganda border.
Technical Coordinator for Emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, Dr Zabulon Yoti said:
“Community engagement is the cornerstone of emergency response.”
In September, a 30-year-old man who worked as a game hunter was admitted to a local health centre with a high fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. He did not respond to antimalarial treatment and died. Moreover, his sister and a third victim died after some time.
The WHO website reads:
“Marburg virus disease is a rare disease with a high mortality rate for which there is no specific treatment. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or wild animals (e.g. monkeys and fruit bats).”
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