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Nigeria at moderate risk of Marburg virus outbreak-NCDC

Following the outbreak of the Marburg virus disease in Equatorial Guinea, the NCDC has advised Nigerian citizens and other residents to avoid all but essential travels to that country.

This is contained in a tweet @NCDCgov and a press statement issued by the Agency on Friday.

The statement signed by its Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, said Nigeria is at moderate risk due to the gatherings and travel associated with the upcoming general elections.

On February 13, 2023, Equatorial Guinea confirmed its first-ever outbreak of Marburg virus disease; including the death of nine persons from the virus.

The disease was reported in Ghana in July 2022, where it claimed two lives.

Marburg virus disease is a highly virulent disease that causes haemorrhagic fever, with a fatality ratio of up to 88%. It is in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola disease.

The virus is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads among humans through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected persons, surfaces, and materials.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu; Editing by Tony Okerafor