Nigeria is at moderate risk of an outbreak of the Marburg virus disease, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said.
The NCDC said this following an outbreak of the disease in Ghana confirmed by the World Health Organisation on July 17.
The centre said it was on high alert given the proximity of Ghana to Nigeria as well as the World Health Organisation alert.
The cases in Ghana were reported in two unrelated males – 26 and 51 years old – who both died from the disease.
This is the second time this zoonotic disease has been detected in West Africa following the previous incidence in Guinea in August 2021. The disease was first discovered in 1967 following outbreaks in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and Belgrade, Serbia. Since then, outbreaks and sporadic cases have been reported in some African countries.
The Marburg virus causes a rare, highly infectious disease and severe haemorrhagic fever in humans and non-human primates just like the Ebola…