Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Angola – update 18

11 May 2005

As of 10 May, the Ministry of Health in Angola has reported 316 cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uige Province, the epicentre of the outbreak. Of these cases, 276 were fatal. The municipality of Uige remains the most severely affected in the province.

New cases have continued to be identified in Uige in the last few days. As some chains of transmission are still ongoing, mobile teams are investigating suspect cases and following contacts.

Religious leaders in Uige have joined the public information campaign to stop the use of unsafe injections, an important component in the spread of the Marburg virus.

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