Uganda declared Marburg free

The Ministry of Health has today officially declared Uganda free from the Marburg Virus Epidemic.
The declaration comes after the completion of 42 days of the Post Marburg surveillance countdown period, a prerequisite of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which requires any affected country to monitor the situation of any viral hemorrhagic fever for that period before finally declaring an end to the outbreak.
The outbreak was first declared on October 4, following laboratory tests done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). This was after the hemorrhagic fever claimed the life of a 30-year-old medical worker on September 28 at Mengo Hospital.

“The ministry of health wishes to inform the general public that that the country is free from the Marburg virus epidemic,” said Ms Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Primary Health Care.
“There have been no other Marburg cases reported in the country. This implies that the Marburg outbreak in the country has been completely been controlled,” Ms Opendi added.
According to Opendi, a total of 179 people suspected to have marburg were followed up for three weeks in Kampala, Mpigi and Kasese Districts during the outbreak. These were the people who got into contact with the confirmed case either during her sickness or death.
All the contacts completed their 21 days of monitoring by October 20, apart from the eight who required laboratory investigation and also tested negative. An additional 21 days of surveillance was carried out to make 42 days as a requirement for management and control of viral hemorrhagic fevers.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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