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Outbreak of deadly Marburg virus confirmed in Uganda

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on October 3, 2007

Health officials said Wednesday that a miner who had guided scientists to a mine believed to be the source of an Ebola-like outbreak had contracted the disease.

Ministry of Health spokesman Paul Kagwa urged the public to remain calm following the emergence of a new case two months after the outbreak was declared contained, and cautioned miners to avoid re-entering the mine. Guards were posted at entrances to the mine, which has been closed since June, he said.

The Marburg virus, a rare hemorrhagic illness, killed a gold miner in Kitaka, around 180 kilometers (about 100 miles) west of the country’s capital, Kampala. Another 29-year-old miner died of the illness at the same mine in June.

The latest victim, now being treated in an isolation ward near the mine, “was guiding a team of scientists who were taking samples from bats in the gold mine,” Kagwa told the Associated Press.

According to the World Health Organization, the patient was wearing complete head to toe protective equipment when he helped international scientists investigate the source of the Marburg outbreak in the mine.

“We think that he must have sneaked back into the mine without wearing his protective clothing,” Kagwa said.

Yikes! This is an awful affliction with a 90% mortality rate. Just wait til someone carries this disease over here

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  1. Patrick Truax said, on October 3, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Uganda is one of the only countries working hard to get it together. It would be fairly easy for someone to infected and not know it then travel to West or Europe. What a nightmare that would be..

  2. Patrick Truax said, on October 3, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Uganda is one of the only countries working hard to get it together. It would be fairly easy for someone to infected and not know it then travel to West or Europe. What a nightmare that would be..


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