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What to know about the deadly Marburg virus as new outbreak emerges

By Adela Suliman

14 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The Marburg virus is highly infectious fever, which comes from the same viral family as Ebola. The Washington Post explains that although the disease is rare, outbreaks can have high fatality rates.

The deadly Marburg virus has surfaced this week for the first time in Equatorial Guinea, causing at least nine deaths in the west African nation, according to the World Health Organization.

A handful of Marburg cases were identified in Ghana late last year. Although it remains "a very rare disease in people," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "when it occurs, it has the potential to spread," and can be fatal.

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