Marburg virus disease in Equatorial Guinea - Update 4
19 May 2023
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), no new confirmed Marburg virus disease (MVD) cases have been reported in Equatorial Guinea since 20 April 2023.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports the total number of confirmed MVD cases since the beginning of the outbreak is 40 with 35 deaths. If there are no further cases, the outbreak will be declared over on 1 June 2023, 42 days after the last confirmed case left hospital.
Advice for Travellers
Marburg virus disease is a type of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF), similar to Ebola. The virus is found in African fruit bats and can be passed to people when they have contact with these bats, or the caves/mines in which they live. People can also be infected from contact with people, or monkeys or apes with Marburg virus disease.
The risk to travellers becoming infected or developing Marburg virus disease is extremely low.
- If you are travelling to a known Marburg outbreak area, you must be aware of the risk of infection and transmission routes of Marburg virus.
- Medical personnel travelling to work in an outbreak region must follow strict infection prevention control guidance.
If you return home from a Marburg outbreak area, you should seek rapid medical attention by contacting NHS 24 (Scotland) or NHS 111 (rest of UK) for advice prior to attending UK medical facilities if you develop a high temperature (fever) and have:
- returned to the UK within 21 days from a region or area with a known outbreak of Marburg Virus Disease
- had contact with people infected with a VHF
For further information, see the fitfortravel Viral Haemorrhagic Fever page.