On October 19, 2017, Uganda’s Minister of Health has officially declared the presence of Marburg virus disease, one of the most deadly known pathogens, in the eastern part of the country. The statement comes after one confirmed case was detected and died in Kapchorwa hospital in Kween district, bordering Kenya. While another case was suspected yesterday, latest news confirms two deaths.
According to the AFP, one individual was a male hunter who died on September 25 and the second his 50-year-old sister who died on October 11. “The second victim had taken care of her brother during his sickness and burial preparation rituals when we suspect she contracted the disease,” Health Minister Ruth Achieng said. The two are the first recorded cases of Marburg in Kween district. READ MORE