All suspected cases of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Uganda have tested negative and those held in isolation have been released, according to Uganda’s Director General of Health Services, Jane Ruth Aceng. She said in an interview that all the alert, suspect cases and those who got in contact with index case who died on Sept. 30 have all tested negative and completed the 21 mandatory monitoring days.
Uganda is very free from Marburg virus. Up to date, there is no new or suspected Marburg case recorded in the country,” said Aceng.
However, for Uganda to be declared Marburg free by the World Health Organization (WHO), 42 days must elapse without any new cases reported.
A 30-year-old medical technician died from Marburg on September 28, 11 days after falling ill in a Kampala hospital where he worked.
The last outbreak of MVD in Uganda occurred in 2012 during which 20 cases, including 9 fatal cases were reported from Kabale District, Kampala, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kabarole.