CDC, Doctors Without Borders assist Uganda with Marburg containment

Doctors without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to train health workers in prevention, treatment and control of Marburg at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

The training comes after a health worker at the hospital died of the disease, reports.

Dr. Alex Opio, the assistant commissioner of disease control in Uganda's Ministry of Health, said the training will help personnel handle Marburg.

Support from Doctors Without Borders has helped the medical professionals and the ministry of health to equip the isolation area at the Mualgo National Referral Hospital to contain the virus.

“We shall use the isolation facilities as treatment areas for those suspected and also diagnosed to be positive with the viral fever," Opio said, according to

The Ministry of Health also recently sent a medical team to Kagando Hospital to help contain an outbreak of Marburg in the Kasese district.

The CDC classifies Marburg as a Class A bioterrorism agent. It is a zoonotic disease that attacks both animals and humans. The disease causes headaches, fever, weakness and muscle aches initially, before resulting in more serious symptoms such as hemorraghing, which can lead to death.