Minister of Health Tanzania, Ummy Mwalimu said today concerning the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) outbreak in the country today:
Tanzania had not had any new case of Marburg Viral Disease since 21 April, 2023. In order to comply with WHO guidelines, we will continue with active surveillance in the next 42 days before declaring the country is free from the disease.
*The Government extends special thanks to the health experts, especially those on the front line in Kagera Region; the case management team, the contract tracing team, the dignified burial team and those who provided public education.”
“Two Marburg patients who remained in specialized medical facilities were discharged on April 20 and 21, 2023 after being laboratory-confirmed that they no longer have the MARBURG Virus.”
“The government will continue monitoring epidemic diseases, including Marburg disease, if no new patients appear after 42 days, that is, by May 31, 2023, then we will officially announce the end of this disease.”
She has said that since the Marburg disease was announced, the total number of people who got infected is 9 of them, 3 have recovered and 6 have lost their lives, including one health worker and an 18-month-old child.