Marburg Virus: Nigeria At Low Risk, Says NCDC


Nigeria is at low odds of an outbreak of the Marburg virus, the Federal Government disclosed on Friday.

Marburg, a extremely harmful pathogen that causes haemorrhagic fever, was first recognized in Germany in 1967 and was just lately confirmed in Guinea.

Speaking throughout an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, mentioned that the federal government is intently monitoring the state of affairs.

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“We are very aware and it tells us that we have to always be on our guard here. We set up a risk analysis team yesterday, evaluated the risk for Nigeria. It is low at the moment,” he mentioned.

“What we did is to make sure that we have the facilities to detect this if there were to be a suspect case. We are watching out for travel and working with our colleagues in the Port Health Services to look at the travel history of individuals that travel.”

The NCDC boss defined that the company is working with the West Africa well being organisation and Africa’s Centre for Disease Control to supply the wanted help to fight the lethal virus.

Doing ‘The Simple Things’

Marburg Virus: Nigeria At Low Risk, Says NCDC 2
NCDC Boss, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.


When requested what roles Nigerians may play to keep away from the unfold of the virus, Ihekweazu suggested on easy preventive measures.

“We need to learn to do the simple things while not losing the beautiful aspect of our culture that mingle us together,” he added.

“Right now, whether it is our tradition to have a giant ceremony as a marriage that put collectively 1000’s of individuals into an enclosed house, the very fact is that throughout the context of COVID that may expose you and your visitor to important threat.

“You have to mitigate those risks by limiting the number of people you are inviting, insisting on masks wearing, insist on a certain level of distancing. There is a conflict between our culture at the moment and the threat that we face.”

According to previous outbreaks, the common fatality price is 50 per cent, in a variety of 24-88 per cent.

The virus is a part of the so-called filovirus household to which the Ebola virus additionally belongs.

It takes its title from the German metropolis of Marburg the place it was first recognized in a lab the place staff had been involved with contaminated inexperienced monkeys that had been imported from Uganda.

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Marburg Virus: Nigeria At Low Risk, Says NCDC

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