Uganda is Marburg-Free: WHO

by Kathy Jones on  November 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM General Health News
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After a 42-day surveillance period with no new cases, Uganda has been declared free of the Marburg virus by the World Health Organization.
 Uganda is Marburg-Free: WHO
Uganda is Marburg-Free: WHO

The Marburg virus is one of the most deadly known pathogens. Like Ebola, it causes severe bleeding, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea and has a 21-day incubation period.

It is also transmitted via contact with bodily fluids and fatality rates range from 25 to 80 percent.

A hospital worker in the Ugandan capital Kampala died on September 28 after contracting Marburg. Following that, 197 people were placed under isolation and monitored but no one tested positive.

"Since there have been no active cases of Marburg for 42 days, the outbreak is considered to be contained," the WHO said in a statement.

Heightened surveillance and public awareness campaigns would continue, it added, in view of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

Source: AFP

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