PRAY! THE MARBURG PLAGUE OUTBREAK IS FRIGHTENING! THE RACE FOR A VACCINE IS ON! THE MARBURG VIRUS MASQUERADES AS A COLD FOR DAYS, THEN SUDDENLY CAUSES ORGAN FAILURE AND BLEEDING FROM MULTIPLE ORIFICES; THE OUTBREAK IN AFRICA SPREADS. Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society International, says what many people do not understand about God, even in the Church, because they do not read their Bibles is that when He sends a plague to chastise His people, He will either increase the plague or add plagues to the plague due to His love applying more pressure in an attempt to get His people to repent. Since the coronavirus plague hit nearly three years ago, other variants and other plagues have come, and now we see another plague on the horizon.
- The Marburg virus appeared in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon for the first time
- Symptoms of the virus are mild at first, but can quickly ramp up in severity
Global health chiefs are in a race against time to develop a vaccine for a virus that is a deadlier version of Ebola and appears to be spreading in Central Africa.
Panic is setting in about Marburg virus, which can initially masquerade as a cold before causing an explosion of horrifying symptoms, including organ failure and bleeding from multiple orifices.
An outbreak of the extremely deadly virus – which kills up to nine in 10 sufferers – was declared in Equatorial Guinea Monday after nine deaths and 16 suspected cases.
Last night neighboring Cameroon declared two suspected infections in a pair of teenagers with no travel links to Equatorial Guinea – indicating it is more widespread than official case counts suggest.
Marburg causes a hemorrhagic fever similar to that of Ebola. After incubating in the body for several days, if not weeks, it causes a devastating eruption of inflammation and blood clotting around the body that causes organs to stop working.
Marburg spreads between people when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Marburg also spreads through 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.
It can also be spread sexually or via touching objects contaminated with body fluids from a person who is sick.
It can take from two days to three weeks from exposure to the first appearance of symptoms – before a rapid and gory deterioration to their health.
Called the incubation period, this is the time where the virus has entered the body and begins to replicate, but has not yet caused symptoms.
When the virus enters the body, it targets immune cells – which protect the body from invaders like Marburg.
As a result, it causes the body to not properly activate white blood cells’ response to the virus, allowing it to spread further in the body and evade a majority of a person’s natural protections.
When symptoms do start to appear, they may seem flu-like, with fevers, headaches, chills and body aches all early signs.
Sufferers will often suffer a non-itchy rash that appears all over a person’s face, arms, legs, hands and feet.
Other, less common, signs of the illness within the first few days include jaundice, severe nausea, abdominal pain, pink eye, throat irritation, spots appearing within the mouth and extremely watery diarrhea.
These occur as immune responses to the virus, and also because of the virus invading cells and destroying them from within themselves.
Usually, around the fifth day, the disease will progress to what doctors describe as the ‘early organ phase’.
At this point, a patient may start suffering bleeding out of their eyes, inflammation around the body, and visible swelling around their body – usually on the legs, ankles and feet.
The appearance of patients at this phase has been described as showing ‘ghost-like’ drawn features, deep-set eyes, expressionless faces and extreme lethargy.
Internal bleeding can cause discoloration of the skin, vomiting blood, dark and blood-colored feces, blood collection in the lungs and stomach and bleeding gums.
The fever remains high during the period. Some people have reported neurological symptoms such as brain swelling, delirium, confusion, irritability and aggression.
Patients will often die within eight or nine days of their first symptoms appearing, according to the WHO. The virus has an overall kill rate of around 50 percent, but up to 90 percent of patients die depending on the strain and treatment given.
Organ failure occurs when the virus either destroys cells that allow it to perform its function – and causes cells to become inflamed to fight the virus – so much so that it cannot perform regular functions.
If a person does remain alive, they could enter the late organ phase, where they suffer dementia, could fall into a coma, and have permanent brain and organ damage.
On Tuesday, the WHO convened an ‘urgent’ meeting of the Marburg virus vaccine consortium (MARVAC) to handle the outbreak.
The group said it could take months for effective vaccines and therapeutics to become available, as manufacturers would need to gather materials and perform trials.
But experts today toldthat a widely available effective treatment is actually ‘some years off’.
There are currently no vaccines or treatments approved to treat the virus.
However, the WHO advise that supportive care like rehydration and drugs to ease certain symptoms can improve survival chances.
The MARVAC team yesterday identified 28 experimental vaccine candidates that could be effective against the virus – most of which were developed to combat Ebola.
Five were highlighted in particular as vaccines to be explored.
Source: Daily Mail Online
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