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Health experts and scientists from Uganda, Kenya and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday agreed to carry out joint border disease surveillance in a bid to combat the deadly Marburg virus disease, a top official said here on Wednesday.

Henry Mwebesa, acting director general of health services at Uganda’s ministry of health, told Xinhua that the experts who met on Tuesday in Kapchorwa district, the epicenter of the current outbreak in Uganda, resolved to develop common plans, carry out joint cross-border disease surveillance and training to combat the highly fatal virus that has so far left four people dead.

The meeting also agreed on joint epidemic preparedness, interventions and information sharing about the outbreak, which has been reported in Uganda’s Kween and Kapchorwa districts.

Last week, Uganda’s ministry of health said it traced a traditional healer who traveled to West Pokot in neighboring Kenya after getting into contact with the second confirmed case of Marburg in Kween.

There are currently six cumulative cases, including three deaths, two confirmed, one probable and three suspected, since the outbreak was first reported last month.

Marburg is a severe and highly fatal disease caused by a virus from the same family as the one that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, according to the WHO.

According to the global health body, the illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly with severe headache and malaise. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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