21 Oct 2012

Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda (WHO, October 21 October 2012)

[Source: World Health Organization, full text: (LINK). Edited.]

Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda

21 October 2012

 

The Ministry of Health in Uganda has declared an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Kitumba sub-county, Kabale district in South-western Uganda.

Blood samples from 3 cases have tested positive for Marburg at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). Investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.The Ministry of Health (MOH) is working closely with partners to control the outbreak.

The MOH and WHO have deployed a team to the district to support the outbreak investigation and response, including case contact tracing. The national and district taskforces have been reactivated.

WHO will provide support to the national authorities as needed in the areas of coordination, infection prevention and control (IPC), surveillance, epidemiology, public information and social mobilization, anthropological analysis and logistics for outbreak response.

With respect to this outbreak, WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions are applied to Uganda.

 

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