Imported Marburg case reported in The Netherlands


On 10 July 2008, the authorities in The Netherlands reported one confirmed case of Marburg fever. The case involves a woman who had recently returned from a holiday in Uganda. The travel included a visit to two caves in the Maramagambo forest. It is thought that she contracted the disease from contact with fruit bats.

It is important that people intending to travel to Uganda should be aware there may be a risk related to visiting caves in the Maramagambo forest.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is monitoring the situation closely. For more information on Marburg, please see: Ebola and Marburg Haemorrhagic fever - filoviruses factsheet