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Marburg Virus in Uganda

20 Oct 2017

On 19 October, the Ministry of Health reported a confirmed case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD). The case, a 50 year old female (from Chemuron village, Moyok Parish, Moyok sub county, Kween District) in Eastern Uganda died on 11 October 2017.

Advice for Travellers

Marburg is one of a number of viral haemorrhagic diseases occurring in Africa. The risk is low for most travellers unless living in very poor conditions. Transmission is not fully understood, however, bats may play a role. There is a risk of disease transmission in the healthcare setting or close contact with an infected person through direct contact with infected blood, secretions, semen or organs.