The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the end of the Marburg virus epidemic in Equatorial Guinea, marking a victory against this highly contagious hemorrhagic fever. After almost four months, no new cases have been reported for the past 42 days, confirming the success of efforts to combat the deadly disease.
The WHO has officially declared the end of the Marburg virus outbreak in Equatorial Guinea, the first of its kind in the central African country. The outbreak, which was declared on February 13, was brought under control thanks to rapid and decisive measures taken by health authorities and international partners.
According to the WHO, no new cases have been reported during the last 42 days, confirming the discharge of the last patient and the end of the epidemic. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, highlighted the importance of the region’s growing expertise in health emergency response, which has effectively contained the spread of the virus and save lives.
12 deaths recorded
The Marburg virus outbreak in Equatorial Guinea has affected five districts across four of the country’s eight provinces. Of the 17 laboratory-confirmed cases, unfortunately, 12 deaths were recorded. However, four patients managed to recover from the disease and are now benefiting from a support program for survivors, including psychosocial support and other post-recovery measures.
Bata district in the western Litoral province was hardest hit, recording 11 laboratory-confirmed cases, mainly driven by social gatherings and close geographic ties.
The Marburg virus, belonging to the same family as the Ebola virus, is a highly contagious viral hemorrhagic fever. It is transmitted to humans by fruit bats and then spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, contaminated surfaces and materials.