Nigeria Has No Case of Marburg Virus, Says NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says there is currently no outbreak of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in the country.

The health agency revealed this on Sunday, 14 August, 2022, via its official Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, it was rumoured through social media posts that there was an outbreak of the
infection in an Abuja University hospital, cautioning patients and staff to be at alert.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Sani Suleiman, has refuted the claims, saying the memo was misinterpreted, as it was only meant for the hospital community to be conscious of the deadly disease.

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The memo titled ‘Outbreak of Marburg disease and COVID-19 virus infection’, an Abuja
University Teaching Hospital revealed that there was an outbreak of the Marburg disease.

It reads: “The management of the Abuja University Teaching Hospital wishes to notify the entire hospital community of an outbreak of Marburg disease and an upsurge in COVID-19 infection.

“Consequently, the attention of all Heads of Departments, and members of staff is hereby
drawn to ensure adequate surveillance and hygiene by observing all protocols of prevention.

“More details will be sent on our various social media platforms on the outbreaks in due
course.”

Reacting to the post, Suleiman said, “Unfortunately, that memo was misconstrued, it’s meant to be an internal memo within the hospital community for our staff to be conscious in case there is an outbreak or in case patients are coming to the hospital for treatment.

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“They didn’t post the precautionary measures; rather they just posted the memo. “We are just sensitising them to be conscious. So it’s not like there’s an outbreak. We haven’t recorded any case of Marburg.

“People should disregard it and we are going to follow up with a correction.”

Marburg virus disease is a highly virulent disease that causes haemorrhagic fever, with a fatality ratio of up to 88%. It is in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola virus disease.

Early supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is as yet no licensed treatment proven to neutralize the virus, but a range of blood products, immune therapies and drug therapies are currently under development.

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Despite its report stating that there is “NO” Marburg Virus Disease in the country, the NCDC has assured that measures such as heightened surveillance, diagnosis & rapid response teams are already in place to prevent and mitigate the outbreak.

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