Ghana declares the end of the Marburg virus outbreak

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Ghana has declared an end to an outbreak of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious Ebola-like disease, which was confirmed in July, the president’s office said Monday.

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

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

Ghana has declared the end of its Marburg virus outbreak which has claimed the lives of two people in the country.  Pictured: Members of the Ga Traditional Council honor Queen Elizabeth II in Accra, Ghana on September 16, after her death.

Ghana has declared the end of its Marburg virus outbreak which has claimed the lives of two people in the country. Pictured: Members of the Ga Traditional Council honor Queen Elizabeth II in Accra, Ghana on September 16, after her death.
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The Ghanaian government confirmed its first outbreak of the disease on July 17.

In total, three cases were confirmed, two of which were fatal. The third was asymptomatic and cured.

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