Uganda confirms 1 death from Ebola-like deadly virus

Angelo Anderson
October 20, 2017

Uganda has confirmed one case of Marburg virus, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday.

Jane Aceng, minister of health, told reporters that one index case of a female who nursed a brother in September succumbed to the viral disease on October 17 in Chemuron village, Moyok Parish, Keen district.

According to the ministry, preliminary field investigations indicated that prior to her death; the deceased had nursed her 42-year-old brother, who had died on September 25, with similar signs and symptoms of the Marburg virus disease. Fruit bats infected with Marburg virus do not show obvious signs of illness.

The Health Ministry dispatched a team to carry surveillance of people who came in contact with the deceased woman, and quarantined 10 health workers for medical checkup. The condition of a contracted person is characterized by muscle pains, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and severe bleeding through body openings like ears and eyes.

"There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Marburg but patients are given supportive treatment and must be sought early to survive", she added. The East African nation last suffered a Marburg outbreak, which has a high mortality rate, in 2014.

"You can never know when the next outbreak will be", she said.

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