As the mainstream media’s coverage of the deadly Ebola virus coming to the U.S. via Liberian national Eric William Duncan borders on sensationalism, a medical technician died of the Marburg virus in Kampala, the Ugandan government said on Sunday.
The man, aged 30, died in the Mengo hospital where he worked in the capital of the east African country on September 28, 11 days after falling ill, the authorities said.
Tests confirmed the presence of the disease two days later.
The Marburg virus is one of the most deadly known pathogens. Like Ebola, it causes severe bleeding, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.
The victim’s brother and one other person he was in contact with have so far “developed signs” of the disease, the ministry of health said in a statement.
“So far, a total of 80 people who got into contact with the initial confirmed case have been identified and isolated” for the 21-day incubation period, it added. Source: AFP