Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda
As of 28 November 2012, the Ministry of Health in Uganda reported 7 cases (6 confirmed, 1 probable) with Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Luweero and Kampala districts. Of these cases, 4 died.
Field teams continue to investigate cases alerted to them from the communities. The major challenge faced in some communities is the belief that witch-craft and not Ebola was the cause of deaths, despite ongoing intensive awareness campaigns. Social mobilization teams are working closely with traditional healers and religious leaders to raise awareness on prevention and control of the disease.
WHO and partners, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Uganda Red Cross (URCS), African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and Plan Uganda continue to support the national authorities in the response to the outbreak. Through WHO, an expert on infection prevention and control has been deployed to the field.
With respect to this event, WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restriction be applied to Uganda.
Note: The total number of cases reported on 23 November 2012 was 10 (6 confirmed, 4 probable) Probable cases that tested negative for Ebola have been classified as Non-Cases and excluded from the case counts.
Further information on Marburg haemorrhagic fever can be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/marburg/qa.htm.