Marburg fever outbreak in Uige province, Angola

Marburg virus infections, a lethal relative of Ebola (both viruses are in the Filovirus family), are found in sub-Saharan Africa and occur infrequently...Both the Marburg and Ebola viruses are often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, malaise, muscle pain, headache and conjunctivitis. This is followed by sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, and both internal and external bleeding. Liver function may be abnormal and platelet function may be impaired. No specific treatment or vaccine exists for Marburg disease. Source: WHO
Luanda - Since November last year, 101 suspected cases of Marburg fever - a hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola - have been reported in the hospital in Uige, in the northeast of Angola. 93 patients have already died. Most of the cases are children under one. Three nurses were also infected. This week, 12 samples where tested positive for Marburg fever by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) of Atlanta. Another eight cases have been reported in the area of Uige and one - a 15 year old person coming from Uige - in the capital, Luanda, on March 22. An MSF doctor and a logistician will travel to Uige on Thursday March 24. Two MSF experienced workers in this type of crisis have also confirmed they would be available, as well as an experienced nurse. MSF teams in Macocola and Cangola have already been relocated and remain on standby, ready to assist in Uige. On March 22, MSF donated 120 units of protective gear to Uige hospital. A module of the Ebola kit has been also sent to Uige, from Luanda, and another full kit has been ordered. The Danish Refugee Council has made its house available for our teams in Uige, where we can also count with vehicles, telecoms and power supply. A multi-section team was formed March 19 to manage and advise during the crisis. The team includes members of the Ministry of Health, the WHO, the CDC and MSF.