Equatorial Guinea confirms Marburg virus outbreak

Equatorial Guinea has reported its first outbreak of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious disease in the same family of viruses that cause Ebola.

Nine people are suspected to have died from the viral haemorrhagic fever in the country’s western Kie Ntem province.

Further tests done on one sample that was collected and shipped to the Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal, turned positive.

World Health Organization says sixteen people are now under quarantine as suspected contact cases.