Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever continues to spread in Uganda

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Marburg haemorrhagic fever

Eleven people have so far died as a result of the outbreak of Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever in Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Twenty cases of the deadly viral disease have been reported in at least five districts including the capital, Kampala.

The disease outbreak was declared on 19 October with the district of Kabale in southwestern Uganda identified as the epicenter of the outbreak.

WHO representative in Uganda Dr Joachim Saweka says disease surveillance systems are being strengthened in order to contain the spread of the disease.

"We don’t yet have the right dimension of the outbreak. As we manage to put the teams in the different sites to follow up the contacts that’s when we will get a clear picture and dimensions. We are increasing our capacity to detect cases and follow up not necessarily that it is spreading at high speed."

WHO says neighbouring countries have been contacted to strengthen cross border surveillance and preparedness to prevent cross border spread of the outbreak.

WHO advises that there is no need for any restrictions on travel or trade with Uganda.

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