Ghana’s last Marburg case tests negative Picture of the virus


The third of three people to have tested positive in Ghana for the Marburg disease has recovered, the country’s health authority says

The other two people – the husband and 14-month-old child of the negative case – died earlier.

In July, the country confirmed the outbreak of Marburg, a highly infectious disease in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola.

One of the initial two cases was later shown not to have the virus.

Almost 200 contacts of the three infected people have been followed up but none has any symptoms, the Ghana Health Service said.

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“This outbreak will be declared over 42 days after the last negative test if there are no new cases,” it added in a statement. But the authorities will remain vigilant.

This is the second time that Marburg has been identified in West Africa. There was one confirmed case in Guinea last year, but that outbreak was declared over in September, five weeks after the case was discovered.

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