Health ministry confirms marburg outbreak in Kween set up isolation centre


By Ronald Kabuye
The Ministry of Health has confirmed case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in the country.
This followed laboratory tests conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) which confirmed that one person had died of Marburg Virus Disease, a type of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHF) on 17th October 2017.
As at 19th October, 2017, only one case had been confirmed. The confirmed case was a 50-year-old female from Chemuron village, Moyok Parish, Moyok sub county,
Kween District in Eastern Uganda. She presented with signs and symptoms
suggestive of a Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) and unfortunately passed on during the night of October 11, 2017 at Kapchorwa Hospital, having been referred from Kaproron Health Center IV in Kween district.
Preliminary field investigations indicated that prior to her death; the deceased had nursed her 42-year-old brother, who had died on September 25, 2017 with similar
signs and symptoms. She had also closely participated in the cultural preparation of the body for burial. The deceased’s brother was reported to be a hunter who carried out his activities where there are caves with heavy presence of bats.
However, no samples were taken off his body prior to his death.
Now in addition to a rapid health response team,  ministry of health an isolation ward at the Kapchorwa District Hospital and Kaproron Health Center
IV in Kween District have been established to handle cases.
The statement from the minister of health adds that Preparations are underway to train all health workers, particularly from Kapchorwa Hospital, and Kaproron Health Centre IV on VHF Infection Prevention and Control. Infection Prevention and Control measures have been heightened in
all health facilities in Kapchorwa and Kween districts.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) and other supplies have been mobilized to support response in the affected facilities.
The National Medical Stores is delivering emergency supplies to the affected
health facilities.
Increasing awareness in affected communities and among health-care providers on the clinical symptoms of patients with Marburg Virus Disease.
Marburg Virus Disease has the potential to spread over wide areas affecting many people especially health workers and family members nursing Marburg Viral Disease patients.
The Ministry of Health therefore appeals to the general public to remain alert and
observe the following precautions to control the spread of the Marburg virus�
Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) is caused by the Marburg virus, a rare but severe type of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever which affects both humans and non-human primates like monkeys, baboons. The reservoir host of Marburg virus is the African fruit bat.
Fruit bats infected with Marburg virus do not show obvious signs of illness. Primates (including humans) are vulnerable to contracting the Marburg virus, which is known to have a very high mortality
Marburg signs and symptoms include Bleeding from all the orifices, gum bleeding, Vomiting blood, Bloody diarrhoea, Bleeding into the skin, bleeding into urine and eyes.


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