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Nigeria hospital alerts health facilities over out break of Marburg virus in Abuja

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Nigeria’s Teaching hospital in Gwagwalada Abuja has notified other health facilities in Nigeria about a suspected out break of Marburg Virus months after World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the case in Ghana.

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The Marburg virus is said to be a highly infectious disease that is said to be in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola.

In a leaked internal memo on Friday, the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, notified the hospital community of the outbreak of the virus and called for caution.

The memo, which was signed by the Deputy Director in charge of the hospital’s information unit, Sani Suleiman, was addressed to the staff and heads of various departments in the health facility.

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Mr Suleiman confirmed the authenticity of the memo in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday but said there was no cause for alarm.

The memo, which was titled; “Outbreak of Marburg Disease and COVID-19 Infections,” reads in part; “The Management of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital wishes to notify the entire hospital community of an outbreak of Marbug (sic) disease and upsurge in COVID-19 infection.

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“Consequently, the attention of all Head of Departments and members of staff is hereby drawn to ensure adequate surveillance and hygiene by observing all protocols of prevention.”

The memo also warned of increasing cases of coronavirus infections and advised the workers against letting down the guards.

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