In a follow-up on the Marburg virus outbreak in Uganda, health minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said, as of today, the cumulative number of cases remains at three, with one confirmed case, one suspected and one probable case.

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Our teams have line-listed up to 55 contacts for follow-up. 13 of these have completed the 21-day follow-up from the time of death of the probable case, while the other 42 remain under close monitoring.

Uganda has experienced and been able to contain outbreaks including Ebola, Marburg, Yellow Fever and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever.

From the onset of the outbreak, the Ministry of Health working with partners has undertaken a number of measures to mitigate the current threat;

  • A Rapid Response Team comprising of highly experienced Epidemiologists, Risk Communication experts, Case Management, Infection Control and Prevention experts, ecological environmental experts, Laboratory specialists, among others were deployed in Kween and Kapchorwa districts. The team is supporting District Rapid Response Teams to investigate and assess the magnitude of the threat and to institute appropriate control measures to avert the Marburg Virus Disease threat.
  • An isolation ward at the Kapchorwa District Hospital and Kaproron Health Center IV in Kween District have been established to handle cases. This however remains vacant, as there are no new suspected cases registered for now.
  • Training of all health workers, particularly from Kapchorwa Hospital, and Kaproron Health Centre IV is ongoing, on VHF Infection Prevention and Control. Infection Prevention and Control measures have been heightened in all health facilities in Kapchorwa and Kween districts.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) and other emergency supplies have been mobilized and supplied to support response in the affected facilities.
  • The Government has also increased sensitization in affected communities and among health-care providers on the clinical symptoms of patients with Marburg Virus Disease.