Marburg outbreak in Kween district – health ministry still investigating


By Davis Joel Ddungu

Uganda Virus Research Institute Laboratory has confirmed Marburg disease in Kween following the death of two people from Kamwam and Moyok sub counties in September and October respectively.
According to sources, officials from Ministry of health emergency operations response team will be in the district on Thursday to assess more.
Marburg is a very infectious disease, every body should take universal precautions, like avoiding, hand Shake’s , over crowded places, putting on protective gears while treating patients. Standard case definitions, a disease that is not responding to treatment among others.
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.
Now ministry officials have cautioned Ugandans to report any body presenting with such signs to nearest health facilities.
Speaking to Vivian Nakaliika the ministry spokesperson, and Dr Diana Atwine the permanent secretary ministry of health, said that the outbreak is not yet on the health ministry desk however investigations are on going to see the truthfulness of the matter.
Its not the first time Uganda to experience Marburg outbreak, and it should be recalled that on 4 October 2014, Government declared the outbreak of Marburg virus disease, in Mpigi and Kasese, however, it was declared free from the country on 11 November 2014, after a total of 197 cases contacts were listed and followed up for 21 days.

According to ministry of health officials suspected Marburg cases then were managed in 4 isolation facilities in Kampala, Wakiso/Entebbe, Mpigi, and Kasese districts and Psychosocial support was provided to contacts and family members of the deceased.


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