The deadly Marburg virus is likely to hit Kampala city center. This was revealed yesterday by the Minister of Health, Christine Ondoa, at a press conference at Uganda Media Center.
The statistics she gave were very clear that the fatal contagion is already in town. Ondoa said that so far six people have been succumbed to the disease with four testing positive.
Health experts are also monitoring 196 contacts (patients) in Rukungiri, Kabale, Ibanda and Kampala districts, plus one put under isolation in a facility in Kabale and another in Mulago.
She said that 29 people including relatives of the affected and health workers are under surveillance here in Kampala while their blood samples were taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute, in Entebbe, for further tests.
When asked her how safe the city is, the polite Minister responded that she wouldn’t want to arouse fears because the Ugandans not recovered from the ‘Ebola tragedy’.
Foreign Experts Fly In
A team of health experts from Center for Disease Control (CDC) based in Atlanta USA will jet in next week to back up the local expertise on bringing the tragedy to an end.
(Additional Reporting by Nicholas Mwesigwa)