On October 17, the Ugandan Ministry of Health notified WHO of a confirmed outbreak of Marburg virus disease in Kween District, eastern Uganda. The Ministry for Health declared the outbreak on October 19. As of October 24, five cases have been reported — one confirmed case, one probable case with an epidemiological link to the confirmed case, and three suspected cases including two health workers. The first case-patient (probable case) reported was a male. On September 20, he was admitted to a local health centre with high fever, vomiting and diarrhoea,. He died that day. His sister (confirmed case), who had nursed him, later became ill and was admitted to the same health centre on October 5. She was subsequently transferred to the same referral hospital, where she died. Posthumous samples were collected and sent to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). On October 17, Marburg virus was confirmed at UVRI.
Computer-generated illustration of Marburg virus particles.