Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says their team of experts has been following up 2 cases including a turn-boy and an enrolled Nurse who cared for the second confirmed case but results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute UVRI shows that the two are free from the Marburg Virus Disease MVD.
The meeting comes at a time when Uganda is struggling to contain the deadly Marburg virus, which claimed the life of a 50-year-old woman from Chemuron village in Moyok Parish in Moyok Sub County in Kween District on October 17th, 2017.
According to the press statement issued by the Health Minister, Ruth Jane Aceng, " The meeting, will among others, serve as a platform for sharing surveillance data, epidemiological and other related information, develop common plans for cross-border surveillance, epidemic preparedness and joint outbreak response to facilitate sharing of information and laboratory and other resources, synchronize outbreak response interventions and Joint designation of ground crossing points for the implementation of the International Health Regulations."
Despite this, the Health Ministry says as of today, there are no new reported cases or deaths related to the virus. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says their team of experts has been following up 2 cases including a turn-boy and an enrolled Nurse who cared for the second confirmed case but results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) shows that the two are free from the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD).
The total number of contacts line listed on suspicion of having come into contact with Marburg currently stands at; 115 from Kween District and 16 from Kapchorwa District. However, none of them has developed Marburg like symptoms.
In Kween District, a total of 127 contacts have completed their 21 - days follow up including 55 contacts to the probable case and 72 contacts to the 1st confirmed case according to the Ministry.
The ministry says the multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams of experts will remain on ground in Kapchorwa and Kween Districts until the outbreak is fully contained.