Uganda successfully controls deadly Marburg fever outbreak: WHO

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The World Health Organisation says Uganda has successfully controlled a deadly outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, an infectious disease related to Ebola.

The UN agency said on Friday that three people died during the outbreak in eastern Uganda near the Kenya border. It says Ugandan health workers followed up with 316 close contacts of the victims in Uganda and Kenya to ensure that they had not contracted the disease.

Ugandan officials announced the Marburg outbreak on October 19.

There is no drug or vaccine for Marburg, which belongs to the same family as Ebola.

According to the World Health Organization, the fever is transmitted via contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or the handling of infected animals.

Marburg is named after the town in Germany where it was first identified in 1967, though that outbreak was traced back to infected monkeys brought from Uganda.

A person suffering from Marburg presents with sudden onset of high-level fever and headache. This can be accompanied by vomiting, joint and muscle pain, and unexplained bleeding.

The East African nation has faced outbreaks of hemorrhagic fevers in the past, including an Ebola outbreak in 2000 that killed more than 200 people.

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