Eight Marburg cases reported in Uganda

Eight Ugandans, who came in contact with a person suffering from Marburg hemorrhagic fever, have developed signs of the disease, the health ministry said.

Kampala: Eight Ugandans, who came in contact with a person suffering from Marburg hemorrhagic fever, have developed signs of the disease, the health ministry said.

"The ministry of health has taken samples from the eight suspected patients and are investigating them at the Uganda Virus Research Institute," a statement said Monday.

Preparations are underway to quarantine the suspects as a preventive measure against the spread of the disease, it said.

There are 80 cases that are under surveillance in Uganda and all of them came in contact with a health worker who died last week of the deadly disease, Xinhua reported.

The man was by far the only laboratory-confirmed case of Marburg in Uganda.

The ministry said it has trained over 100 health workers in the prevention, treatment and control of the disease.

The Marburg virus was last reported in Uganda in 2012.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Marburg is a severe and highly fatal disease that begins abruptly, with a severe headache and malaise.

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