The reappearance in Africa of the Marburg virusa lethal infectious disease, has set off alarm bells at the World Health Organization (WHO), which has had to hold an emergency meeting on the subject, and from countries such as Spain. The virus, untreated and unvaccinated, has already been detected in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
Experts have accelerated the search for a vaccine. There are currently about thirty candidates, but none has been successful so far.
Most of those infected with Marburg virus are asymptomatic or have mild pictures. These are the main symptoms:
Gastrointestinal and respiratory complaints.
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
Renal insufficiency or failure
Experts associate Marburg with the Ebola virus family and to diseases such as dengue, yellow fever or Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.
The disease was first identified in 1967 in the German city of Marburg by specialists who became infected while investigating monkeys brought from Uganda.