Uganda: Marburg Fever Outbreak - Oct 2012
On 19 Oct 2012, the Uganda Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever. As of 29 Oct, a total of 19 cases and nine deaths had been reported from five districts: Kabale district, in south-western Uganda, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole. (WHO, 31 Oct 2012)
By 14 Dec, a total of 14 cases including seven deaths had been reported. The last confirmed cases were discharged on 22 Nov. (WHO, 21 Dec 2012)
After no new cases were reported for 42 days, the minister of health declared the end of the outbreak on 3 Jan 2013 (New Vision, 7 Jan 2013).
By 4 January 2013, the date that Uganda was declaration free of Marburg, a total of 44 suspect and confirmed Marburg cases had been listed since the declarations of the EHF out-break in Kabale and the extended retrospective epidemiological investigations into the outbreak,. Out of these, 15 were confirmed; 5 were probable cases and 24 were discarded as non-cases following negative laboratory tests for Marburg virus; and 11 cases remain suspected cases as these are cases that were suspected to have died of the disease without laboratory confirmation of the disease. Out of the 20 confirmed/probable cases, 15 died giving a case fatality rate of 75% including reported community deaths. (IFRC Final Report, 2 May 2013)
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The Minister for Health, Dr. Christine Ondoa, has declared Kabale and Ibanda districts free of the marburg epidemic.
This comes after 42 days elapsed without any new cases reported in the two districts.
Ondoa made the declaration on Thursday at Kabale district council hall after a two-day tour of the district's marburg isolation centres and a meeting with the district's taskforce on marburg.
Marburg fever broke out in September in Mwisi village, Kitumba sub-county in Kabale.
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29 Oct 2012 - The Ministry of Health in Uganda declared an outbreak of Marburg fever. There have been 19 cases and nine deaths in five districts so far.
CHF 119,598 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to 1,160 persons (200 households) directly and 1,819,507 persons indirectly.
Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
By Ronald Arinaitwe-Branch Manager URCS Kabale
Since the outbreak of Marburg fever in Kabale, the district task force formed sub committees to control the disease.
The Uganda Red Cross Society Kabale branch is attached to the social mobilization committee charged with the responsibility of sensitizing the communities about Marburg.
42 URCS branch volunteers were mobilized and have been trained by the district to help in sensitizing the communities.Volunteers engaged.The branch engaged 42 volunteers in this exercise as below:
Concerted efforts are underway in Uganda to control the outbreak of the Marburg Haemorrhagic fever.
The first case of the deadly viral case was reported on October 19 in Kabale district of south western Uganda.
To date the at least 20 cases have been reported in at least five districts including the capital Kampala.
Today on behalf of the Ministry of Health, I take this opportunity to welcome you all to this press briefing organized to update you on the outbreak of Marburg in the country. You will recall that we declared an outbreak of this highly infectious disease on October 19th and since then the Ministry of Health and its partners have undertaken a number of interventions to control the spread of the disease.
31 October 2012 - As of 29 October 2012, a total of 19 cases and 9 deaths have been reported from 5 districts namely Kabale district, in south-western Uganda, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole. The case fatality rate is 47.4%. The outbreak was declared by the Ministry of Health in Uganda on 19 October 2012. One of the 9 deaths reported is a health worker.
KAMPALA, 31 October 2012 (IRIN) - Uganda's Ministry of Health is facing serious financial and health system constraints as it battles to contain an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever that has killed eight people in the country's southwest.
According to the Uganda Virus Research Institute, as of 27 October, nine patients - five in the southwestern district of Kabale, two in the western district of Ibanda, and two in the capital, Kampala - had tested positive for the highly infectious viral fever.