99 Quarantined in Uganda After Marburg Virus Death

Fatal case of ebola-like hemorrhagic fever reported in Uganda
Marburg virus Uganda
Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is a rare, severe type of hemorrhagic fever which affects both humans and non-human primates. |Photo by Dr. Tom Geisbert/ Microbe World via Flickr

CNN.com reports today that, three days after a fatal case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever was diagnosed in Uganda, 99 people have been quarantined in four different locations across the East African country, as field epidemiologists and surveillance officers continue to closely monitor all people who got into contact with only victim.

The quarantine began after a 30-year-old male health worker died September 28 of Marburg — an Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever.

Reported on CNN.com:

      “As of today, a total of 99 contacts are under follow up. All the contacts are still in a healthy condition,” Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, director general for health services in Uganda, said in the latest update on the outbreak on Tuesday.

    “The National Taskforce through the field epidemiologists and surveillance officers continues to closely monitor all people who got into contact with this confirmed case,” she noted.

At least 11 of of the people quarantined tested negative after results from Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) indicated that despite the suspects displaying symptoms similar to that of the disease, they did not contract the virus.

Marburg virus causes symptoms similar to Ebola, beginning with fever and weakness and often leading to internal or external bleeding, organ failure and death.

The most recent outbreak, also in Uganda, in 2012, killed four out of 15 patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Tuesday, CDC Director Thomas Frieden pointed to the most recent Marburg virus case as an example of how a deadly virus could be contained.

    “We’ve done important work in Uganda to help the Ugandans better have a laboratory network so they can find cases, have a response network with disease detectives who can follow up and have an emergency operations center to trace individual cases,” Frieden said.

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