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Ghana has declared an end to an outbreak of Marburg virus, a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola, which was confirmed in July, the president’s office announced on Monday.
The Marburg epidemic in Ghana was the second in West Africa. The very first case of the virus was detected last year in Guinea, with no further cases identified.
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“The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has officially declared Ghana free from the outbreak of Marburg virus disease which was confirmed nearly two months ago,” the Presidency tweeted on Monday.
The Ghanaian government confirmed its first outbreak of the disease on July 17.
Three cases have been confirmed in total, two of them fatal. The third was asymptomatic and cured.
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There have been a dozen major outbreaks of Marburg since 1967, mostly in southern and eastern Africa. According to the World Health Organization, death rates have ranged from 24% to 88% in past outbreaks depending on viral strain and case management.