Rare deadly virus strikes at Uganda-Kenya border

World Health Organisation (WHO)From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE World Health Organisation (WHO) is working to contain a recurring outbreak of the rare Marburg virus that has killed at least one person in Eastern Uganda.
The casualty has been recorded in on the border with Kenya.
It is believed several hundred people may have been exposed to the virus at health facilities and at traditional burial ceremonies in Kween District, a mountainous area 300 kilometres northeast of the capital Kampala.
A 50-year-old woman has died at a health centre after symptoms including fever, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea last week.
While this was the fist confirmed case, the deceased’s brother reportedly died of similar symptoms.
Ibrahima-Soce Fall, WHO Emergency Director for Africa, said the
organisation was appealing for international assistance to curb further spread of the disease.
“Uganda has previously managed Ebola and Marburg outbreaks but international support is urgently required to scale up the response as the overall risk of national and regional spread of this epidemic-prone disease is high,” Fall said.
The Ministry of Health has sent a rapid response team to the area supported by staff from the WHO, Centres for Disease Control and
Prevention and African Field Epidemiology Network.
WHO is providing medical supplies, guidance on safe and dignified burials, and has released US$ 500 000 from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to finance immediate response activities MVD is caused by the virus that belongs to the same family as the Ebola
virus.
Two deaths were recorded in 2007 and another four in 2012 in Uganda.
There is a high mortality rate for which there is no specific treatment.
CAJ News

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