Monday, 20 August 2007

Marburg disease contained, says world health body

From New Vision, Kampala, Uganda
By Reuben Olita, Steven Candia and Agencies

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) experts have declared that Uganda has contained an outbreak of the Marburg fever.

The disease hit gold miners in the western parts of the country recently.

Pierre Formenty, a WHO expert, said investigators collected hundreds of bats from the mine, which they suspect may be a reservoir of the disease.

“The outbreak is contained. We need to follow up the survivors and their contacts who need to have safe sex in the next three months,” he told journalists by phone from a laboratory near Kitaka mine in Kamwenge district, where the virus was reported to have originated.

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