‘Do not go to countries where Marburg virus is seen’ warning from Gulf countries

In a written statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), “We advise UAE citizens to postpone their travels to Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea, where the Marburg virus is seen.” statements were included.

The statement urged UAE nationals currently in Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea to be vigilant and follow the safety instructions given by the authorities.

Statements came from Kuwait and Bahrain.

In a statement made by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health, a call was made to refrain from traveling to Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea until the Marburg virus is under control.

In the statement, Kuwaiti citizens in the said countries and neighboring countries were advised to follow the measures announced by their local health authorities.

It was stated that the Bahrain Ministry of Health is closely following the developments regarding the Marburg virus, and since there are no direct flights to Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea, the risk of transmission of the virus to Bahrain is low.

Saudi Arabia and Oman had also done half of the travel

In a statement made by the Saudi Arabian Public Health Agency on March 31, it was noted that there was an outbreak of Marburg virus in Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea, and Saudi Arabian citizens were advised not to go to these countries until the Marburg virus epidemic was brought under control.

In the statement made by the Oman Ministry of Health, it was emphasized that the Marburg virus is 60-80 percent contagious. In the statement, Omani citizens were urged not to go to Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea unless there is an imperative situation.

Marburg virus

The Marburg virus was first detected in the laboratory in Marburg, Germany, in 1967.

The Marburg virus, which is transmitted through fruit bats, spreads among humans through bodily fluids or contact of infected persons. In infected people, symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, weakness, and vomiting appear suddenly, and many patients develop severe hemorrhagic symptoms within 7 days.

The mortality rate of Marburg virus, which does not have a vaccine or a special treatment, can reach up to 90 percent.

In the 2005 epidemic in Angola, 90 percent of 252 people infected with the Marburg virus died.

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