Kenya, Uganda set to be declared Marburg free

Kenya and Uganda are on course to declare the two countries free of Marburg disease following intensified surveillance along the common border. A joint surveillance team of epidemiologists is closely monitoring up to 10 people in Kitale, Trans Nzoia county who might have come into contact with a Marburg case from Uganda, to curb any spread of the deadly disease.

Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, WHO Regional Office for Africa Technical Coordinator for Health Emergencies, Dr Zabulon Yoti said Kenya and Uganda are monitoring six people from a family the Ugandan visited last month.

“Whereas the Marburg disease is containable, the joint team between the two countries is currently keeping a close eye on the herbalist’s family of six and a woman with her child believed to be related to him,” he added.

He described the people under watch as high-risk contacts who have to be monitored for up to 21 days for any signs of the disease. East Africa Community deputy secretary general in charge of Finance and Administration, Jesca Eriyo (pictured) called for political goodwill from member states for timely management of epidemics.

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