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Six-Year-Old Dies of Suspected Marburg in Uganda


Uganda, Kween- Another person has died of suspected Marburg in Kween district in eastern Uganda. The six-year-old minor died on Monday morning, four hours after being rushed to Kapchorwa Health Center from Ngenge Sub County with Marburg like symptoms.

John Bosco Opio, the Acting Kapchorwa Chief Administrative Officer and Spokesperson of the Marburg Team, says the deceased presented with the symptoms of marburg disease when he rushed and admitted at the isolation unit in Kapchorwa.”

He explains that they dispatched samples from the minor to Uganda Virus Institute (UVI) for examination to establish whether or not the minor had marburg. Opio says that a team of medical officers buried the deceased’s remains immediately to prevent the spread of the disease. Once the samples test positive, this will be the second Marburg case in Kween district this month.

On October 17, 2017, a 50-year-old woman from Chemuron village in Moyok Parish in Moyok Sub County died of marburg. The Ngenge sub county LC V councilor, Abdu Chemital says the death of the minor has triggered panic in the area. “Some residents have abandoned their gardens for fear of contracting the marburg virus,” he said.

Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) is caused by an infected animal, such as monkeys (baboon) or a fruit bat that passes the virus to a human. The virus then spreads from human to human by contact with an infected person’s body fluids. It presents with high fever, muscle pains, vomiting and bleeding through body openings like eyes, nose, gum, anus and ears.

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