The Abuja University Teaching Hospital has alerted the staff and management over the outbreak of Marburg disease and resurgence of COVID19.
In an internal memo, addressed to the Heads of Departments, staff and hospital community on behalf of the Chief Medical Director, the Deputy Director, information, Sani M. Suleiman asked members of the community to be cautious and observe the usual protocols to avoid the spread of the viruses.
“Consequently, the attention of the Heads of Departments is hereby drawn to ensure adequate surveillance and hygiene by observing protocols of prevention.
“Please circulate for more information as prevention is better than cure.”
Marburg disease was first detected in Guinea in August 2021and later broke out in Ghana
Marburg virus spreads through direct contact (such as through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth) with: Blood or body fluids* (urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, amniotic fluid, and semen) of a person who is sick with or died from Marburg virus disease.
The symptoms of the disease are nausea, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
The symptoms become increasingly severe and can include jaundice, inflammation of the pancreas, severe weight loss, delirium, shock, liver failure, massive hemorrhaging, and multi-organ dysfunction.
Experts posit that Marburg is more deadly than COVID 19.