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Uganda wins battle against the deadly Marburg virus

Written by Editorial Team |Published : October 28, 2014 3:05 PM IST

Uganda's health ministry Monday announced that it has contained the deadly Marburg outbreak which killed one health worker and left over 150 people quarantined. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Director General of Health Services, told Xinhua in an interview that all the alert, suspect cases and those who got in contact with index case who died Sep 30 have tested negative and completed the 21 mandatory monitoring days.

Aceng said the East African country Oct 22 begun the mandatory 21 days of the post-Marburg surveillance countdown period, which is a prerequisite before the World Health Organization declares a country free of Marburg. 'Uganda is very free from Marburg virus. Up to date, there is no new or suspected Marburg case recorded in the country,' said Aceng. (Read: Marburg virus outbreak in Uganda, 60 health workers being tracked)

People with Marburg experience fever, headache and muscle pain, according to WHO. Five days later, a rash across the chest, back and stomach may be observed. Nausea, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain and diarrhea may also occur. The virus is spread when one gets in contact with body fluids like blood, vomitus of those affected. (Read: Marburg outbreak: Kenya on high alert)

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What is Marburg virus?

The Marburg virus belongs to the Filoviridae family of viruses and like the Ebola virus causes hemorrhagic fever that could be fatal and life-threatening. Both the Marburg and Ebola virus are supposed to be deadly which produces similar symptom in humans, when one is affected with the same. The progress of both the viral diseases also appears to be same and usually results in death in most cases, as there isn t any vaccination or medication to prevent the advancement of the deadly disease. Bothe the viruses are native to Africa and are present in animal hosts. While the Ebola virus is found in African monkeys, chimps and other primates the Marburg virus is found in fruit bats, monkeys and chimps.

How is it transmitted?

Like the Ebola virus, Marburg virus is also transmitted through

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