Marburg haemorrhagic fever breaks out in Uganda

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Dr. Mark Katz takes a sample from a woman who had contact with several members of her immediate family who later died of the fever.

There has been an outbreak of the deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever which has killed five people in south-Western Uganda.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ugandan Ministry of Health have deployed a team to the district to investigate and come up with a response to the outbreak.

The virus which causes the disease is named after the German city of Marburg where it was first discovered during an outbreak in 1967.

To find out more about the outbreak in Uganda, UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha spoke on the line to the Ugandan capital Kampala with Dr. Joaquim Saweka, the WHO Representative in the country.

Duration: 4'57"

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