Uganda issues health alert after two Marburg cases

Health authorities in Uganda on Wednesday issued an alert after two suspected cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever, with patient having died, were reported in the west of the country.

Uganda issues health alert after two Marburg cases
Health authorities in Uganda on Wednesday issued an alert after two suspected cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever, with patient having died, were reported in the west of the country.

"The ministry of health has set up a national task force that is tracing all potential contacts of the above cases for further investigations and tests," the health ministry said in a statement released to the media.

The two patients were mine workers from the Kamwenge district near Uganda's border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was not clear when they fell ill.

Health ministry officials could not be reached for details and the officials who were named on the task force to contain the spread of the disease were reported to be in a crisis meeting Wednesday.

Marburg which is a highly contagious fatal disease similar to Ebola and characterized by high fever, possible liver failure and, death within a few days.

A devastating Ebola epidemic hit northern Uganda in 2000, killing 170 people out of the total 428 infected.

The health ministry on Wednesday warned Ugandans not panic.

DPA
Last Mod: 01 Ağustos 2007, 19:26
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