Marburg virus Disease - Uganda


On 5 October, 2014, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Uganda notified WHO of a confirmed case of Marburg virus disease (MVD) in Kampala, Uganda. As of 10 October, a total of 146 contacts have been identified and are being monitored for signs and symptoms compatible with MVD. All samples from symptomatic contacts have tested negative so far. One contact is being followed up by the Kenyan Rapid Response Team.

The Ministry of Health of Uganda has activated the National Task Force. WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are supporting the national Ugandan authorities in the investigation and response operations including, enhancements and establishment of isolation and treatment units; prepositioning personal protective equipment (PPE), and training health workers on infection control and prevention, as well as in case management and social mobilization.

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