Ondoa: Marburg More Dangerous Than Ebola


visit geneva;”>Briefing Parliament on Tuesday about actions being taken to combat the scourge, buy more about Ondoa said two suspected cases had been reported now in Kibaale district after the disease was reported first in Kabale district.

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She further stated that the death toll stood at 8 persons.

“Temporary isolation facilities have been established in Ibanda, Kabale where two cases are admitted and Mbarara regional hospital,” she said.

“Seven suspected Marburg cases have been isolated in Ibanda. All of them are health workers,” Ondoa emphasized.

Marburg is a highly infectious disease that can kill a victim in nine days.

Ondoa on Monday revealed that a couple from western Uganda tested positive to the contagious and deadly Marburg disease.

The patients are being isolated at Mulago Referral Hospital, bringing to 12 the number of Marburg cases in the country.

She said the patients used a private car from the west and were subsequently joined by other friends who are suspected to have contracted the disease as well.

However, sources in the Ministry of Health separately told this website that the couple travelled by bus to Kampala but authorities are reluctant to reveal these details simply not to upset the nation.

“To date, the death toll of both the probable and confirmed cases stands at eight, with the latest being a case that died at the isolation facility at Rushoroza Health Centre III on October 27th (Saturday). The case that was referred from Ibanda Hospital – Ibanda to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital died on October 24th,” she said.

Ondoa maintained working closely with the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ministry has set up a field diagnostic laboratory at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

All samples from the affected neighbouring districts will hence be taken to this laboratory for quick diagnostics.

“This will shorten the time when we get results to three hours from the original 24 hours due to distance. Further serological testing will be undertaken at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).”

Due to the presence of cases in other districts, the Ministry has also established temporary isolation facilities to accommodate the suspected and confirmed cases.

In Ibanda, a temporary isolation ward has been created at Ibanda Hospital, while plans are underway to set up a proper isolation facility by tomorrow.

At Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, a separate temporary has been designated for the suspect Marburg cases. A triage has also been set up at the causality ward.

“We have assembled a team of experts to work in the newly established isolation facilities and they are expected in these districts today. We also plan to undertake infection control procedures in these facilities as safety measures for the workers and the admitted patients.”


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