Marburg kills two in Kween District
Government epidemiologists have confirmed an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever case in the eastern district of Kween. The acting district health officer, Godfrey Chemos, said in a phone interview yesterday that tests of blood samples from two people, who died early this week, turned positive.
The deceased from the sub-counties of Kamwam and Moyok, had been admitted to Kaproron Health Centre IV between October and September.Chemos says a team from the Ministry of Health had arrived in the district to sensitise residents about the disease and prevent its spread.
Dr Diana Atwine, the Health Ministry’s permanent secretary, yesterday said a team of epidemiologists and laboratory technologists led by the acting director general of health services, had been sent to the district. Marburg affects both humans and non-human primates, and manifests with symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, gum bleeding and vomiting blood.
Today, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Aceng, is expected to issue a statement at the Uganda Media Centre.The country has taken about three years without reporting any outbreak of a viral haemorrhagic fever. The last confirmed outbreak in the country happened in September 2014 when a 30-year old man died after testing positive of the Marburg virus.