Nigeria: Outbreak of Marburg disease

Africa, Ghana, Infection, Marburg Virus, Nigeria, Transmission

A Nigerian hospital has notified the hospital community ‘of an outbreak’ of the Marburg virus in Abuja.

This comes almost a month after the World Health Organisation confirmed an outbreak of Marburg virus in neighbouring Ghana

Marburg is a highly infectious disease that is said to be in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola.

In a leaked internal memo on Friday, the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, notified the hospital community of the outbreak of the virus and called for caution.

The memo, which was titled; “Outbreak of Marburg Disease and COVID-19 Infections,” reads in part; “The Management of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital wishes to notify the entire hospital community of an outbreak of Marbug (sic) disease and upsurge in COVID-19 infection.”

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

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