Tanzania declares end of Marburg epidemic

Tanzania declares end of Marburg epidemic

Tanzanian health authorities have declared the end of first-ever outbreak of Marburg, a deadly Ebola-like virus with a fatality rate of up to 88%, Reuters reported on Friday, citing the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to the WHO, nine cases, including six deaths, were recorded in the outbreak.

While there are no vaccines or antiviral treatments for Marburg, WHO said timely intervention by its local office along with government efforts helped prevent the disease from spreading.

“Tanzania has been able to end this outbreak and limit the potentially devastating impacts of a highly infectious disease,” said Matshidiso Moeti, its director for Africa.

Marburg’s symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and blood-stained vomit and diarrhoea. It is from the same virus family responsible for Ebola and is passed on to people from fruit bats.

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