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Uganda confirms Marburg fever recently killed man

06 October 2014, 15:14

Kampala - Uganda's Ministry of Health says a health worker has died of Marburg, a highly infectious disease that manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever.

The ministry said in a statement received late Sunday that the victim, a 30-year-old man who worked as a radiographer in a Kampala hospital, died on Sept. 28 after having a headache and abdominal pains. He also had diarrhea and vomited blood. It said tests later confirmed the man had Marburg, a disease that belongs in the same family as Ebola.

Also read: Man dies of Marburg fever in Uganda

A total of 80 people who got into contact with the Marburg victim have been quarantined and are being monitored.

Uganda has a history of hemorrhagic fevers, including an outbreak of Ebola in 2000 that killed at least 224 people.

- AP


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