Uganda: Marburg Disease Alert – One Confirmed Dead in Kween

Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of the Marburg virus disease in the eastern district of Kween.

Minister of Health, Ruth Aceng said as at October 19 only one case had been confirmed of a 50-year-old female from Chemuron village, Moyok parish, Moyok sub-county, Kween district.

Aceng said the victim showed signs and symptoms suggestive of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) and passed away on the night of October 11 at Kapchorwa hospital. She had been referred from Kaproron Health Center IV in Kween district, the Observer reports.

According to the ministry, preliminary field investigations indicated that prior to her death; the deceased had nursed her 42-year-old brother, who had died on September 25, with similar signs and symptoms of the Marburg virus disease.

It is reported that she had actively participated in the cultural preparations of the body for burial.

The deceased’s brother was reported to be a hunter who carried out his activities where there are caves with heavy presence of bats. No samples were taken off his body prior to his burial.

INTERVENTIONS

According to Aceng, the ministry has deployed a Rapid Response Team to Kween and Kapchorwa districts. The team will support District Rapid Response Teams to investigate and assess the magnitude of the threat and to institute appropriate control measures to avert the disease threat.

An isolation ward at the Kapchorwa district hospital and Kaproron Health Center IV in Kween district have been established.

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