In a follow-up report on a man who died from Marburg Virus Disease in late September, Ugandan health officials say at least 99 contacts of the victim were followed up on Tuesday.
In addition, samples taken from 11 suspected cases, who demonstrated signs and symptoms of the disease, all tested negative for the virus on Monday.
The Observer reports, the 11 close contacts that tested negative include the brother of the deceased, two health workers from Mildmay Uganda, seven from Mpigi health centre IV and two relatives of the deceased who participated in his burial.
The presence of the disease in Uganda prompted President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday to urge citizens to avoid body contacts in order to curb the spread of Marburg hemorrhagic fever.
“Stop interpersonal communication so that we can control this problem’’ he said, noting that it is one of the sure ways of curtailing the spread of the deadly Ebola and Marburg diseases.
The case-fatality rate for Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreaks is between 23-88%. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page