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Uganda has successfully controlled Marburg outbreak – WHO

The United Nations agency says three people died during the outbreak in eastern Uganda near the Kenyan border.

Picture: UN Photo.

JOHANNESBURG - The World Health Organisation says Uganda has successfully controlled a deadly outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever.

The United Nations agency says three people died during the outbreak in eastern Uganda near the Kenyan border since October.

There is no drug or vaccine for Marburg, which belongs to the same family as Ebola.

This year's outbreak was the country's first of the deadly pathogen in three years.

The Marburg virus is one of the deadliest known pathogens.

Like Ebola, it causes severe bleeding, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.