Guinea Declares Marburg Virus Outbreak Over

African health authorities said on Thursday, September 16, that the deadly Marburg virus outbreak in Guinea has officially ended less than six weeks since West Africa’s first case was recorded. 

The Marburg virus’ initial symptoms are: nausea, vomiting, chest pain, a sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhea may appear. Severe signs include jaundice, inflammation of the pancreas, severe weight loss, delirium, shock, liver failure, massive hemorrhaging, and multi-organ dysfunction.

World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti said that swift, conclusive actions can easily contain highly infectious diseases. She added, “Today we can point to the growing expertise in outbreak response in Guinea and the region that has saved lives, contained and averted a spill-over of the Marburg virus.”

WHO recorded 12 major Marburg outbreaks since 1967, which were mostly detected in southern and easter Africa. Mortality rates ranged from 24% to 88% from past cases.

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