Ghana has announced that the recent Marburg virus outbreak is finally over after 42 days without a single positive test.
After two deaths were reported, the authorities initially warned the public about the outbreak of the Ebola-related, extremely contagious sickness in July. Later, it was discovered that one of those had been misdiagnosed.
The virus ultimately infected three people, two of whom died—a father and his 14-month-old child. The mother, the third individual, made a full recovery and last tested positive in August.
Nearly 200 of the three affected individuals’ contacts had been tracked, but none had shown any symptoms.
“Ghana is safe”, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, director general of the Ghana Health Service, told reporters on Friday in Accra.
He continued by expressing gratitude to the World Health Organization and other collaborators for aiding the nation in containing the outbreak.
According to the AFP news agency, WHO Africa Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti stated that “Despite having no previous experience with the disease, Ghana’s response has been rapid and robust,”
Marburg was discovered in West Africa for the second time during this time.
Guinea had one confirmed case last year, but the outbreak was deemed to be finished five weeks after the patient was found in September.