Guinea has declared the end of the Marburg virus outbreak after no cases were reported for 42 days – twice the incubation period, or the time between two infections and the onset of symptoms.
The virus was confirmed on August 9, which was the first time the disease had emerged in the country and in West Africa.
Only one case – the index patient who was diagnosed with the virus during a post-mortem examination – was recorded and more than 170 high-risk contact cases were monitored for 21 days.
The disease, carried by a highly infectious virus that causes hemorrhagic fever, was reported in southern Guinea, in the same region where two Ebola outbreaks in June 2021 and 2014-2016 were detected.
Tofik Abdul Nasir reports.