Outbreak of Marburg disease in Uganda

A person who worked at a local hospital has died of Marburg Disease in Kampala, At least 80 persons who came into close contact with the deceased while he was in Kampala or during his burial in Kasese have been quarantined for monitoring any spread of this highly contagious haemorrhagic fever virus.

Marburg virus is from the same family as Ebola virus. For tourists, visitors or residents in affected areas, the risk of infection is considered very low if precautions are followed. Any person in the affected 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), during close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or during contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons in hospital settings.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever.

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