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CDC warns travelers of Marburg fever outbreak in commonly visited areas of Uganda

Excerpt from Examiner.com

Nov 05, 2012 12:28 am

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Travelers in the area need only practice basic hygiene and common sense when coming in contact with animals; practices that should be used even in areas without an active outbreak.

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Lake Bunyonyi is a popular tourist attraction located in south western Uganda. Kate / Flickr.com


With the Marburg hemorrhagic fever (HF) outbreak spreading in Uganda, now being reported from 5 districts in the African country, federal health officials have issued an advisory for travelers to Uganda, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notice Nov.2.

As of 28 October 2012, a total of 18 cases and 9 deaths, including a health worker, have been reported from five districts namely Kabale district…The CDC notes that the city of Kabale is often a stopping point for tourists visiting both Lake Bunyonyi and the Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks, which are famous for mountain gorilla tracking.

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