Thursday, 9 October 2014

Marburg: Museveni warns against handshakes.Drive Hot News

President Museveni says people should minimise
President Museveni says people should minimise the spread of Marburg in the country. FILE PHOTO. 

Kampala- Majority of the people who got in contact with the Mengo Hospital Radiographer confirmed to have died of Marburg don’t have signs of the disease, according to Ministry of Health. However, all the 99 contacts will for three week stay under serious monitoring.
“As of now, we don’t have any new suspected cases but we will continue to monitor them for 21 days, and if by that time there is no new case, we will let them free,” said Ms Rukia Nakamatte, the Ministry of Health spokesperson.
Ms Nakamatte, however, said they were awaiting results of two people admitted in the isolation centre in Entebbe, adding: “They will most likely be negative since they had no contact with the deceased health workers.”
The two of these, who are being held at the National Isolation Facility in Entebbe, were picked from Rubaga Hospital after they showed signs similar to that of the viral hemorrhagic fever and their samples have been taken for analysis at Uganda Virus Research Institute.
Meanwhile, President Museveni on Tuesday warned against shaking hands to avoid transmission of the highly contagious disease.
Speaking at the opening of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards Offices in Kampala, the President urged Ugandans to avoid the practice, saying that it will cut one of the routes through which the disease is transmitted - body contact.
BRIEF ON MARBURG
The Marburg viral haemorraghic fever is a fatal illness caused by the Marburg virus which belongs to the filoviridae family and has a number of similarity with Ebola.
The virus’ incubation period ranges between one and two days while case fatality rates vary from 24 per cent to 88 per cent.
Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural hosts of the Marburg virus. 
The Marburg virus is transmitted to people from the fruit bats and spreads among humans through human-to-human transmission by direct contact with wounds and body fluids like blood, saliva, vomitus, stool and urine of an infected person.
The disease is highly contagious and is recommended that if any person is detected with signs g must be immediately isolated.