This is per the World Health Organization (WHO) requirement for declaring an end to an outbreak of any Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (VHF). "Uganda has led an exemplary response". Health workers followed up with a total 316 close contacts of the patients in Uganda and Kenya to ensure that they had not acquired the illness.
Opendi says that the first victim of the Marburg virus was a 35-year-old herdsman in kween district in eastern Uganda, the patient, who according to the ministry is an unconfirmed case, used to make frequent hunting missions to Kaptum sub-county, where there are caves with large populations of Egyptian fruit bats, and he died on September 25th, 2017. There were no confirmed deaths in the last 42 cases said junior health minister Sarah Achieng.
Photo taken on November 18, 2017 shows a poster of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) at a shop in Kween district, eastern Uganda.
"The response to the Marburg virus disease outbreak demonstrates how early alert and response, community engagement, strong surveillance and coordinated efforts can stop an outbreak in its tracks before it ravages communities", WHO's emergencies director Peter Salama said in a statement.
There is no drug or vaccine for Marburg, which belongs to the same family as Ebola. It can be transmitted from person to person by bodily fluids, and can cause bleeding, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.
Surveillance and contact tracing on the Kenyan side of the border by the Kenyan Ministry of Health and partners also prevented cross-border spread of the disease.