On March 22, 2023, the World Health Organization released new information on the outbreak of Marburg virus disease in Equatorial Guinea. Since the last update in late February, eight more confirmed cases have been detected, bringing the total to 29 confirmed and probable cases. All but two are deceased.
Cases have now been reported in three different provinces across an area of about 90 miles. Not all cases are epidemiologically linked, suggesting the potential for undetected community transmission. With 29 confirmed and probable cases, this outbreak is already the fourth largest on record.
On March 21, 2023, Tanzania reported the country’s first Marburg outbreak. To date, there have been at least eight cases, five of them fatal, including a health care worker. Three people are receiving treatment, and 161 contacts have been identified and are being monitored.
Read more information on the situation from NETEC.