Outbreak of deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever reported in Kabale in southwest Uganda

An outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Kabale in southwest Uganda has killed 3 people. Another 4 people who have died since October 4th may also have died from Marburg disease. Any traveller in this area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body) for deceased patients, close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or within hospitals through contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons.

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