Wednesday, November 30“Racism never sleeps.”

Tag: virus

Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana
News Briefs — Africa

Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana

The first cases of the deadly Marburg virus have been confirmed in Ghana after two people died, health officials announced on Sunday. According to the World Health Organization, tests were conducted on the two infected people in Ghana and returned a positive result on July 10, but needed to be verified by a lab in Senegal for the cases to be confirmed.  The highly infectious disease is similar to Ebola and currently has no cure. The fatality rate is up to nearly 90% for those who have been infected by the virus. Marburg was first discovered in Europe in 1967. The diseases is often transmitted by fruit bats, but can spread from human contact through blood and saliva. The recent confirmed cases are the second outbreak of Marburg in West Africa; the virus was detected in Guinea last ye...
Doctors puzzled by mysterious “nosebleed” disease that killed 3 people in Tanzania
News Briefs — Africa

Doctors puzzled by mysterious “nosebleed” disease that killed 3 people in Tanzania

Doctors in Tanzania are trying to learn more about a mysterious disease that has reportedly killed three people so far and infected at least 10 others. The unidentified illness has several symptoms, including nosebleeds, fever, headaches, and fatigue, according to government medical officials in Tanzania. Doctors believe the illness is possibly caused by an unknown viral hemorrhagic fever -- a virus that damages the walls of small blood vessels causing them to release blood. The symptoms of the unknown illness resembles that of several viruses, including Ebola, the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, and Marburg. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these viruses have the potential to trigger pandemics. All of the patients stricken by the mysterious illne...