Marburg Virus is one of the most dangerous viruses to exist in the world, with fatality rates ranging from 20% all the way to 90%. You can read more about the Marburg Virus in an earlier article we covered here. Marburg Virus shares the same virus family as the Ebola Virus, the virus which wrecked West Africa in 2014. Given the dangerous nature of this disease, highlighted here are some facts and tips about the virus.
How dangerous is the Marburg Virus?
The Marburg Virus is extremely dangerous, and highly contagious. There is a high range for the fatality rates, and is easily transmissible and contagious with bodily fluids, blood or body tissues as covered in The Borgen Project. This disease is particularly rampant in countries which are relatively undeveloped, as the access to healthcare is minimal. There are no cures for the disease, and any relief is purely supportive, helping to ensure a healthy level of hydration. Often, people who are relatively stronger stand a better chance of surviving against Marburg.
The first transmission of the Marburg Virus is believed to have originated from African green monkeys according to WHO. Fruit bats have also been known to be a source of transmission. Given the highly contagious nature of the virus, there have been repeated cases of outbreaks, mainly in Africa.
While the virus is highly dangerous, the comparative virus, Ebola has much higher fatality rates relatively from an absolute figures perspective. Given that the virus is highly disruptive and contagious, caution is advised. Even medical practitioners have contracted the disease while caring for infected patients.
In summary, the Marburg Virus is extremely fatal, with its sister virus the Ebola been equally fatal. We move towards a day where diseases and viruses such as these can be completely eradicated, and humans gain the ability to fight against nature.