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Uganda Reports 1 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case Of Marburg Virus; WHO Working With Local Officials

Associated Press: Marburg hemorrhagic fever kills 1 person in Uganda
“One Ugandan has died of Marburg, a highly infectious disease that, like Ebola, manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever, Uganda’s health minister said Thursday. Tests on a 50-year-old woman who died Oct. 17 came back positive for Marburg, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told reporters Thursday…” (Muhumuza, 10/19).

Reuters: Uganda confirms one case of Ebola-like Marburg virus
“…The East African nation last suffered a Marburg outbreak in 2014. Marburg is from the same family of viruses as Ebola, which killed thousands in West Africa in 2014” (Biryabarema/Fick, 10/19).

World Health Organization: WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border
“WHO is working to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD) that has appeared in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya. … One suspected and one probable case are being investigated and provided with medical care. An active search for people who may have been exposed to or infected by the virus is underway…” (10/20).

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