[This article, dated October 19, is very informative as to the history of the virus in Uganda]
According to emerging reports from Southwestern Uganda, there is
increasing suspicion of an outbreak of the deadly Marburg fever, and
affected individuals have been tested and put into a full quarantine. A
team of health officials is on the ground, assisted reportedly by
security personnel, combing areas where refugees have sought shelter to
identify anyone displaying symptoms in line with the early signs of the
Only two weeks ago, Uganda was declared Ebola free, after an
outbreak, also suspected to have been brought into Uganda from the
Eastern Congo, which took a toll on patients and health workers. Marburg
falls into the same category of virus diseases as Ebola, and while less
virulent, is still known to be a killer disease with a high percentage
Diseases in Congo’s rain forests are common but normally contained
within a small radius of one or two communities, but with the lack of
health care structures in that part of the Congo, where at the moment
intense fighting is going on, it makes refugees often the main carriers
to bring such disease across the border into Uganda, where a much
better-equipped health care infrastructure is then compelled to deal
with the unwanted "imports."
The local media in Kampala is now starting to pick up on the news,
which almost inevitably started to emerge on Twitter as individuals on
the ground sent messages out, which where then picked up and retweeted.
The outbreak comes on the day prior to Uganda’s National Bird
Watching contest, with the opening ceremony taking place this afternoon
at the Uganda Museum in Kampala from where the participating teams were
to leave for their chosen locations upcountry and in the national parks.
A full statement is expected later today from the Ministry of Health,
but the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe has reportedly
confirmed that it is Marburg, prompting widespread containment measures
now unfolding around the affected areas between Kabale and Kisoro.