Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda - update

As of 23 November 2012, a total of 20 (probable or confirmed) cases, including 9 deaths have been reported from4 districts in Uganda (Kabale, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kampala).

The last confirmed case was hospitalised on 31 October 2012.

The Ministry of Health continues to conduct active surveillance and investigation on all cases alerted in the 4 districts. Close contacts of the Marburg cases are being followed-up for a period of 21 days.

WHO and international partners, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Uganda Red Cross (URCS), African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Plan Uganda and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are supporting the national authorities in the investigation and response to the outbreak. Experts have been deployed through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) to strengthen the field team.

Trainings are being provided to health professionals on infection prevention and control (IPC), and on field information management. Social mobilization activities are being conducted to raise awareness on prevention and control of Marburg haemorrhagic fever.

With respect to this outbreak, WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restriction be applied to Uganda.

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