Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Facts
2012: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in the Luwero District of Uganda
As of November 18, 2012, the Ugandan Ministry of Health reported 4 fatal cases of Ebola virus infection in the Luwero District of central Uganda. CDC teams are assisting the Ministry of Health in the epidemiologic and diagnostic aspects of the outbreak. Testing of samples by CDC's Viral Special Pathogens Branch is taking place at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe.
2012: Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in Uganda
As of November 16, 2012, the Ugandan Ministry of Health reported 17 cases (probable and confirmed) of Marburg virus infection, including 9 deaths, in the Kabale District of southwest Uganda. Testing of samples by CDC's Viral Special Pathogens Branch is ongoing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe. Working with the Ministry's National Task Force, a CDC team is assisting in the diagnostic and epidemiologic aspects of the outbreak. Note that Kabale District, on the border with neighboring Rwanda, is distinct from Kibaale District, the site of the recently-ended Ebola outbreak; both districts are in Uganda's Western Region.
A recent history of Marburg cases and outbreaks in Uganda includes:
- a fatal case in 2008 of a Dutch tourist who visited the Python Cave, a bat cave in Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP);
- a non-fatal case in 2008 of an American tourist who visited the same cave in QENP; and,
- a 2007 small outbreak of Marburg HF among miners working in the Kitaka lead and gold mine in Kamwenge District.
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