Ghana declares end of Marburg virus disease outbreak

Marburg virus

Ghana declares end of Marburg virus disease outbreak

DAKAR, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Ghana has declared the end of an outbreak of Marburg virus, a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola, that was confirmed in July, the president’s office said on Monday.

Ghana’s Marburg outbreak was the second in West Africa. The first ever case of the virus was detected last year in Guinea, with no further cases identified.

“The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has officially declared Ghana free from the Marburg virus disease outbreak that was confirmed nearly two months ago,” the presidency tweeted on Monday.

Ghana’s government confirmed its first outbreak of the disease on July 17. read more

Three cases have been confirmed in total, of which two were fatal. The third was asymptomatic and recovered.

There have been a dozen major Marburg outbreaks since 1967, mostly in southern and eastern Africa. Fatality rates have varied from 24% to 88% in past outbreaks depending on the virus strain and case management, according to the World Health Organization.

(This story corrects number of deaths to two from three)

Reporting by Sofia Christensen Editing by James Macharia Chege

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Source: Reuters