Update on Marburg

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Press Release
Update on Marburg

KAMPALA – 13/10/2014 - To date, there is no new confirmed case of Marbug since the first confirmed case that was died on September 30th 2014. This was a health worker who was working in Mengo Hospital. All the alert and suspect cases have been thoroughly invested and have all tested negative for the Marburg Virus.

Currently, there are five suspects on isolation in the three isolation facilities. The first one admitted at Entebbe National Isolation Center is a nurse who got into contact with the confirmed case. She however tested negative for Marburg but is awaiting another confirmatory test. She is reported to be improving on treatment.

The other two cases are admitted at Mulago Hospital isolation center and are awaiting results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). These cases however did not have any contact with the confirmed case but were admitted after presenting signs of the infectious Viral hemorrhagic fever. They are closely being monitored by a team of experts from the National Referral Hospital.

In Ibanda isolation center, there are two cases on admission. They are both male who were admitted after presenting with signs of VHF. They are awaiting results.

Bukwo Alert Case;
The Ministry would also want to clarify on the death of a 30-year-old man from Kabei sub-county in Bukwo district who was suspected of having died of Marburg. After a thorough investigation, we would want to inform the public that the man died of liver failure due to excessive taking of Alcohol. At the time of admission, he presented with a history of vomiting, abdominal pain mainly at epigastrum region, swelling of the lower limb and was severely dehydrated. He was managed with antibiotics but after two hours, he started vomiting blood passing loose stool blood stained in nose bleeding. He died two hours later.

Currently, there are 149 contacts under follow up for possible signs of the Marburg virus. They are; 80 in Kampala district, 11 from Mpigi district and 58 from Kasese district where the confirmed case was buried.  We continue to receive and investigate all alert cases from different parts of the country. None has so far tested positive for the Marburg virus.

Preparedness for the Ebola Outbreak  

After the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, we developed a comprehensive preparedness response plan to control the epidemic from spreading to Uganda. Below is a highlight of the interventions that are currently being implemented.

1.    Heightened Surveillance, The National Taskforce was reactivated to control all the interventions against the epidemic. This started with reactivating all district taskforces in the country. All district surveillance officers are alert monitoring all suspect and alert cases.
2.    Screening of all travelers coming into the country. Screening centers are operational at Entebbe International Airport, Kenya border points of Busia and Malaba and DRC border points of Bunagana in Kisoro, Mpondwe in Kasese, Otramachaku in Arua, Goli in Nebbei, Lendu in Zombo and Vura in Arua.  
3.    Training of health workers in infection control and response to VHFs
4.    Opening up of isolation facilities at the Mulago National Referral Hospital and Entebbe.

Hon. Sarah Opendi Achieng
Minister of State – Primary Health Care