Uganda Declared Marburg Free

Ministry of Health has announced that Uganda is free of the deadly Marburg Hemorrhagic Virus (MHV) which broke out in October in Kween and Kapchorwa districts.

The announcement comes 42 days after the death of last person diagnosed with the epidemic, which occurred on 26th October 2017.

It also follows completion of the post-MVD surveillance countdown period for the contacts of the last confirmed case, as per the World Health Organization (WHO) requirement for declaring an end to an outbreak of any Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF).

According to Sarah Opendi the Minister of State for Health, when the virus outbreak was declared, the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) was immediately activated for response to this outbreak, and the National Task Force (NTF) on epidemics took up the coordination of all interventions to combat the outbreak.

“The first patient, was a 35-year-old herdsman from Kween district that made frequent hunting missions to Kaptum sub-county, where there are caves with large populations of Egyptian fruit bats, and died on September 25th, 2017”.

There followed a 50-year-old woman from Chemuron village, a 38-year-old man who died at Koproron Health Center IV. 18 people who were in contact with the victims were put under supervision.

“By 16th November, all the contacts had completed their 21 days of monitoring to account for the 21-day incubation period of the virus,” said the Minister while addressing press at the media center.

An additional 21 days of intensive surveillance was carried out in the affected districts to comply with the WHO requirement for management, control of viral Hemorrhagic fevers and registered no other confirmed MVD patients.

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