Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Angola – update 21
7 June 2005
As of 5 June, the Ministry of Health in Angola has reported 423 cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever. Of these cases, 357 were fatal. The vast majority of cases have occurred in Uige Province, where 412 cases and 346 deaths have been reported.
The number of new cases being reported in Uige municipality has declined considerably, with only 1 new confirmed case detected in the past week. This case was a recognized contact who was under follow up. For comparison, during the peak of the outbreak, which occurred in late March and April, 30 to 40 new cases were being reported weekly.
Alerts to potential cases continue to be received and investigated, indicating that vigilance remains high.