Published Date: 2012-10-21 18:11:23
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR Marburg virus disease – Uganda (03): (KA) WHO
Archive Number: 20121021.1356423
MARBURG VIRUS DISEASE – UGANDA (03): (KABALE), WHO
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Date: Sun 21 Oct 2012
Source: World Health Organisation (WHO), Global Alert and Response, Disease Outbreak News [edited]
The Ministry of Health in Uganda has declared an outbreak of Marburg
hemorrhagic fever [Marburg virus disease] in Kitumba sub-county, Kabale
district in southwestern Uganda. Blood samples from 3 cases have tested
positive for Marburg at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
Investigation into the outbreak is ongoing. The Ministry of Health (MOH)
is working closely with partners to control the outbreak.
The MOH and WHO have deployed a team to the district to support the
outbreak investigation and response, including case contact tracing. The
national and district taskforces have been reactivated.
WHO will provide support to the national authorities as needed in the
areas of coordination, infection prevention and control (IPC),
surveillance, epidemiology, public information and social mobilization,
anthropological analysis, and logistics for outbreak response.
With respect to this outbreak, WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions are applied to Uganda.
For more information, see: WHO Marburg haemorrhagic fever website at: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/marburg/en/index.html.
ProMED-mail Rapporteur Marianne Hopp
[This is the official WHO notification of the outbreak of Marburg
virus disease in Kabale district of Uganda. As yet, there is no
additional information about the extent of the outbreak.
Kabale district is bordered by Rukungiri district to the north,
Ntungamo district to the northeast, the Republic of Rwanda to the east
and south, Kisoro district to the west and Kanungu district to the
northwest. The town of Kabale, where the district headquarters are
located, lies approximately 420 km (260 miles) by road southwest of
Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
A map of the districts of Uganda can be accessed at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabale_District. - Mod.CP
A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/r/1wa6.]