Uganda’s ministry of health on Friday said it has traced a traditional healer who traveled to neighbouring Kenya after getting into contact with the second confirmed case of Marburg.
Joyce Moriku, Uganda’s minister of state for primary health care, told Xinhua by telephone that the healer was traced in west Pokot and handed over to the Kenyan authorities.
The second case succumbed to the deadly disease in the eastern Ugandan district of Kapchorwa.
Moriku said the healer complained of headache, general body weakness and nightmares.
“The surveillance team followed up and traced a traditional healer from West Pokot (Kenya) who managed the confirmed case. The traditional healer had developed symptoms and was handed over to the team in Kenya to assess,” said Moriku.
The minister said the teams in the region have been activated to follow up contacts to the second confirmed case.
Moriku said the response team is tracing for a suspected case in Kapchorwa who ran away from the isolation wing after refusing a sample to be taken for testing.
There are currently six cumulative cases, including three deaths, two confirmed, one probable and three suspected cases since the outbreak was first reported in Kween and Kapchorwa districts last month.
The last Marburg outbreak in Uganda was reported in central and western parts of the east African country in 2014.
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 World Health Organization.
According to the global health body, the illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly, with severe headache and malaise.