The Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) outbreak was declared by the Ministry of Health on 19 October, 2017 following laboratory tests conducted at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) which confirmed that one person had succumbed to MVD on 13 October 2017.
The first patient, who will remain a probable case, was 35-year-old herdsman from Kween district that made frequent hunting missions to Kaptum sub-county, where there are caves with large populations of Egyptian fruit bats, and died on September 25th, 2017. [A probable case is any person who died from ‘suspected’ MVD and had an epidemiological link to a confirmed case but did not have laboratory confirmation of the disease] The first confirmed case was a 50-year-old woman from Chemuron village,
Moyok Parish, Moyok sub county, Kween District in Eastern Uganda, who presented with signs and symptoms of a viral haemorrhagic fever and died on October 13, 2017 at Kapchorwa Hospital, having been referred from Kaproron Health Center IV in Kween district. She had nursed her 35-year-old brother, mentioned above, who died with similar signs and symptoms and had closely participated in the cultural preparation of the body for burial