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Uganda now Marburg virus free - Health Ministry announces
The Marburg outbreak had become an issue of regional concern and forced Uganda and Kenya to establish a team to coordinate efforts to fight the virus.
State Minister for Health, Ms Sarah Opendi

State Minister for Health, Ms Sarah Opendi

The ministry of health has announced an end to the marburg virus outbreak in Uganda.

 A statement released by Dr Sarah Opendi the minister of state for health in charge of general duties, says that ''Today marks 42 days since the death of the last confirmed case which occurred

on 26th October 2017, indicating that the MVD outbreak which occurred in Kween and Kapchorwa districts has been contained. ministry of health is therefore pleased to officially declare the country free from the Marburg Viral Disease''

Opendi says that the first victim of the Marburg virus was a 35-year-old herdsman in kween district in eastern Uganda,  the patient, who according to the ministry is an unconfirmed case, used to make  frequent hunting missions to Kaptum sub-county, where there are caves with large populations of Egyptian fruit bats, and he died on September 25th, 2017.

The first confirmed case was that of a 50-year-old woman from Chemuron village in Kween District in Eastern Uganda, who show signs and symptoms of a viral haemorrhagic fever and died on October 13, 2017 at Kapchorwa Hospital, she had nursed the 35-year-old herdsman.

The second confirmed case, a 38-year-old man, was the brother of the two previous victims and contracted the virus due to his close contact with the probable and confirmed cases.

 

The Marburg outbreak had become an issue of regional concern and forced Uganda and Kenya to establish a team to coordinate efforts to fight the virus.