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On 13 February, Equatorial Guinea confirmed its first outbreak of the highly infectious and deadly Marburg virus, similar to Ebola. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported at least nine deaths, and over 200 people were quarantined in the country's western Kie-Ntem province after detecting a hemorrhagic fever. The virus has no vaccines or antiviral treatments, making it a significant public health concern.

Outbreak and Containment Measures:
The outbreak in Equatorial Guinea occurred in the Kie-Ntem province, with 16 additional suspected cases reported. The country has implemented quarantine measures and increased its surveillance and laboratory capacity to identify and contain the virus. Neighboring Cameroon has restricted movement along its border due to contagion concerns.

Fatality:
Rates and Vulnerabilities Marburg virus disease can have a fatality rate of up to 88 per cent, making it a severe and deadly disease. Equatorial Guinea's economy, which was once fast-growing due to oil production, has experienced a decline in recent years, with the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. The outbreak of the Marburg virus adds to the country's challenges, requiring significant resources and international support to contain and manage the disease.

Conclusion:
Equatorial Guinea's first outbreak of the Marburg virus is a significant public health concern that requires immediate action to prevent further spread and contain the virus. The high fatality rate and lack of vaccines or antiviral treatments make the situation even more critical. The country's existing vulnerabilities due to its economic decline and the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbate the situation, requiring significant international support and resources to manage the outbreak effectively.

 

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Humanitarian Impact
  200
      Affected Persons
  9
        Deaths

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