Outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever now involves 5 districts in Uganda (update)

Since the onset of the outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in mid-October in Uganada, a total of 18 cases and 9 deaths have been reported. One of the deaths involved a health care worker. The disease has now been detected in 5 districts, including Kabale, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole. So far half of the cases have died. Currently, 13 patients have been hospitalised.

Any traveller in these areas 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.

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

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