(Natural News) Africa is currently contending with two serious disease outbreaks. The pneumonic plague has been making headlines as it sweeps across Madagascar, but there are concerns about it are being eclipsed by a far more sinister threat: A rare and fatal virus known Marburg virus disease (MVD), which has now broken out in Uganda.
The World Health Organization reports that five cases of MVD have already been identified, and emergency screenings are being carried out at the border between Kenya and Uganda after three people in the same Ugandan family succumbed to the disease.
What makes this situation so worrying is that MVD proves fatal in nine out of ten cases. The disease is clinically similar to Ebola, and the outbreak is believed to have started in September. A man who was reportedly in his 30s was admitted to a local health center complaining of a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting. He worked as a game hunter and resided near a cave containing a lot of Rousettus bats, which are natural hosts of the virus.
When antimalarial treatment did not help and the man’s condition continued to deteriorate, he was brought to another hospital, but he died soon after arriving. His sister passed away shortly after that, and a third victim died at a local health center. The sister might have contracted the virus through burial preparation…Read More