The Ministry of Health in Uganda has confirmed two cases of the Marburg virus. In addition to the confirmed cases, there are currently four suspected and three probable cases.
One of the confirmed cases traveled to Kenya prior to his death. For the moment, active tracing is being conducted in Kween and Kapchorwa district in Uganda, as well as in Kitale district and West Pokot in Kenya.
“Marburg virus disease is an emerging and highly virulent epidemic-prone disease associated with high case fatality rates (case fatality rate: 23–90%). Marburg virus disease outbreaks are rare. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or wild animals (e.g. monkeys and fruit bats).” - WHO
For people living in the above-mentioned districts, please observe the following precautions issued by the Ugandan Ministry of Health:
Please report any suspected cases via the Ministry of Health hotline on 0800-100- 066.
For more details, please see attached press release from the Ugandan Ministry of Health or http://www.who.int/csr/don/7-november-2017-marburg/en/