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Experts agree on stronger cross-border surveillance
to combat deadly Marburg virus   

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Health experts and scientists from Uganda, Kenya and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday agreed to carry out joint border disease surveillance in a bid to combat the deadly Marburg virus disease, a top official said here on Wednesday.

Henry Mwebesa, acting director general of health services at Uganda’s ministry of health, told Xinhua that the experts who met on Tuesday in Kapchorwa district, the epicenter of the current outbreak in Uganda, resolved to develop common plans, carry out joint cross-border disease surveillance and training to combat the highly fatal virus that has so far left four people dead.

The meeting also agreed on joint epidemic preparedness, interventions and information sharing about the outbreak, which has been reported in Uganda’s Kween and Kapchorwa districts.

Last week, Uganda’s ministry of health said it traced a traditional healer who traveled to West Pokot in neighboring Kenya after getting into contact with the second confirmed case of Marburg in Kween.

There are currently six cumulative cases, including three deaths, two confirmed, one probable and three suspected, since the outbreak was first reported last month.

Marburg is a severe and highly fatal disease caused by a virus from the same family as the one that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, according to the WHO.

According to the global health body, the illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly with severe headache and malaise.

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EARLIER REPORT:

East African Community plans rapid deployment mechanism to combat epidemic

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The East African Community (EAC) is seeking to put in place a rapid deployment mechanism to combat epidemics such Ebola and Marburg virus disease, officials said on Wednesday.

EAC Deputy Secretary General Jesca Eriyo told a media briefing in Nairobi that the mechanism will influence the way the region plans for, implements and responds to epidemics in East Africa.

“It will allow our region to avoid massive loss of lives, disabilities and disruption of economic and social activities that would otherwise follow if epidemics were not well managed,” Eriyo said during a regional health conference.

The three-day conference brought together close to 100 health specialists to share experiences and knowledge to inform lessons for the future for preventing, combating and mitigating future outbreaks of infectious diseases in the region and beyond.

The conference was also being convened at a time when Uganda is dealing with cases of the Marburg virus disease.

Eriyo urged the regional bloc to develop effective and efficient epidemiologic surveillance, early warning, detection and diagnostic capabilities in order to be adequately prepared for any disease outbreak.

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Experts from Uganda, Kenya, WHO meet on combating deadly Marburg virus

KAMPALA (Xinhua) -- Health experts and scientists from Uganda, Kenya and the World Health Organization (WHO) are meeting in eastern Uganda to discuss ways of combating the deadly Marburg virus disease.

The experts meeting in Kapchorwa district, the epicenter of the current outbreak in Uganda, will share knowledge on Marburg prevention mechanisms and develop common plans for cross-border surveillance.

Henry Mwebesa, acting director general of health services at Uganda’s Ministry of Health, said in a statement that the meeting serves as a platform for sharing surveillance data, epidemiological and other related information on the highly fatal virus outbreak reported in the Kween and Kapchorwa districts.

Uganda’s ministry of health on Friday said it traced a traditional healer who traveled to West Pokot in neighboring Kenya after getting into contact with the second confirmed case of Marburg in Kween.

There are currently six cumulative cases, including three deaths, two confirmed, one probable and three suspected, since the outbreak was first reported last month.

Marburg is a severe and highly fatal disease caused by a virus from the same family as the one that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, according to the WHO.

According to the global health body, the illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly with severe headache and malaise.

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SEE ALSO:

WHO enhances Marburg surveillance along Kenya-Uganda border 

             

 

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