WHO: Guinea monitoring 155 contacts after confirmed Marburg case By BATE FELIX, CHRISTOPHE VAN DER PERRE, Reuters

DAKAR, Senegal – Health authorities in Guinea are monitoring 155 people who may have been in contact with a confirmed case of Marburg virus disease, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday.advertisement

The Marburg case, which the WHO said was the first in West Africa, was confirmed in Gueckedou in southeastern Guinea. The region was the origin of the 2014–2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the deadliest in history, and saw a brief resurgence of Ebola this year.

Georges Ki-Zerbo, the WHO country head in Guinea, said Marburg had been circulating in animals, particularly bats, in southern Guinea and neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Pathogens have tended to cross from animals to humans in the region because of their close interaction, notably in the hunting and eating of “bushmeat” from the wild.

“There is no known secondary case … The contacts have been traced, and 155 people are under observation for three weeks,” Ki-Zerbo said in an interview.

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