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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.

Pic­ture: AFP

Com­puter-gen­er­ated il­lus­tra­tion of Mar­burg virus par­ti­cles.

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