WHO closely following emergence of Marburg virus disease cases in African region

Muscat: The World Health Organization is closely following the developments of the emergence of Marburg virus cases in the African region, and it is working closely with affected countries to combat this disease.

Dr Ahmed bin Salem Al Mandhari, Director of the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, told Oman News Agency that the current year has witnessed an outbreak of Marburg virus disease in the Federal Republics of Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea, and the risks of the disease spreading at the global level is considered low at the present.

He said that the World Health Organization aims to prevent disease and outbreaks through virus surveillance and support at-risk countries to develop preparedness plans. He added that the organisation is committed to facing this new health challenge, and continues to work closely with affected countries and international partners to limit the spread of the disease and protect public health.

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