The ministry of Health has declared Kabale and Ibanda districts free of Marburg, following the completion of a 42-day countdown since the last patients were discharged from Rushoroza Health Centre IV in Kabale.
The countdown period is a prerequisite to the World Health Organisation requiring any affected country to monitor the situation for 42 days before finally declaring an end to the outbreak. The ministry initially declared a Marburg outbreak in Kabale district on October 19, 2012 after receiving confirmatory results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute after testing samples from the suspected patients.
This outbreak came barely two weeks after the ministry had declared an end to another viral Haemorrhagic Fever (Ebola) in Kibaale district. In response to the outbreak, the ministry of Health established two isolation facilities in Rushoroza Health Centre IV (Kabale) and Ibanda Health Centre IV.
The Marburg outbreak in Kabale district affected 14 patients, seven of whom died. In Ibanda, 12 people were affected and eight died. However, the public has been warned to remain vigilant and report any suspected strange illness or death to the nearest health facility.