The deadly Marburg virus has surfaced this week for the first time in Equatorial Guinea, causing at least nine deaths in the west African nation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
A handful of Marburg cases were identified in Ghana late last year. Although it remains “a very rare disease in people,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “when it occurs, it has the potential to spread,” and can be fatal.
Here’s what you need to know about the virus and the disease it causes.
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