Sumary of Marburg in Guinea: the value of lessons from managing other haemorrhagic outbreaks:
- As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in Africa amid insufficient vaccination rollout, viral haemorrhagic fever has again raised its head.
- This adds to public health turmoil on the continent where resources to respond to emerging and re-emerging epidemic prone zoonotic diseases remain limited.
- To date, 14 outbreaks of Marburg virus disease have been reported since 1967. These have been mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.
- The most recent case in Guinea is the first reported in West Africa.
- The first recognised outbreak of Marburg virus disease in Africa occurred in 1975 in South Africa.
- Fortunately, many African countries are experienced in managing outbreaks of viral haemorrhagic fevers.
- Guinean health authorities have been able to respond rapidly and implement measures learnt during the Ebola outbreak to control the spread of Marburg.
- This has included rapid deployment of multidisciplinary teams, diagnosis, contact tracing, isolation and treatment of patients.