On February 13, the first cases of human infection with the Marburg virus were recorded in Equatorial Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms. The warning came a few days earlier, on February 7, when several cases of suspected coronavirus were reported in the province of Qui-Ntem in the northeast of the country, which borders Cameroon and Gabon. To date, the country has registered “9 deaths and 16 suspected cases with symptoms such as fever, fatigue, hematemesis and diarrhoea” WHO Details.

“Like the Ebola virus, the Marburg virus causes the same symptoms as hemorrhagic fever and has a fatality rate that can be as high as 88%,” remember Nature. According to the WHO, it’s time to think about the treatments that can be given to patients. “It is said that the organization is even in serious discussions with the authorities of Equatorial Guinea regarding the possibility of testing experimental treatments in the field,” reports New scientist.

How long have we known about this virus?

Family viruses filoviruses, Marburg, like its cousin Ebola, is capable of causing hemorrhagic fevers. It was accidentally discovered in the late 1960s in Germany, in