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Marburg virus disease – Uganda and Kenya
Disease Outbreak News Uganda Kenya Marburg virus disease (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Uganda:Managing Marburg - How an Oddly Timed Outbreak is Testing Emergency Strategies
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -On Oct.11, a woman died in Chemuron village, Kween District in an Eastern Uganda. She had a fever, headache, and was bleeding from several places. Doctors attending to her had feared the worst and sent her samples for testing. A week later, on Oct.17, experts at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) confirmed the 50-year old woman had succumbed to a high mortality hemorrhagic fever - Marburg. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 8, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Black Death and incurable Marburg Virus now spreading across Africa's cities... world's medical system helpless to stop it
(Natural News) Africa is currently contending with two serious disease outbreaks. The pneumonic plague has been making headlines as it sweeps across Madagascar, but there are concerns about it are being eclipsed by a far more sinister threat: A rare and fatal virus known Marburg virus disease (MVD), which has now broken out in Uganda.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Marburg virus disease – Uganda and Kenya
Update on Marburg virus disease outbreak in Uganda and Kenya, 7 November 2017 (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Virus 'similar' to Ebola has broken out in Uganda
Marburg virus disease, which kills up to 88 per cent of people it strikes, is considered to be one of the most deadly pathogens in existence. Five cases have been identified in Uganda. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Kenya Monitors Family After Ugandan Dies of Marburg Virus
[East African] A family of seven in Trans Nzoia County western Kenya has been put under observation after a Ugandan who visited their homestead died of the highly contagious Marburg virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 2, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Dar es Salaam On Alert, Intensifies Testing for Marburg Vurus
[Daily News] Tanzanians have been alerted on Marburg outbreak in Eastern Uganda, with the government assuring of intensified defensive measures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 2, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Dar es Salaam On Alert, Intensifies Testing for Marburg Virus
[Daily News] Tanzanians have been alerted on Marburg outbreak in Eastern Uganda, with the government assuring of intensified defensive measures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 2, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Trans Nzoia on Alert Over Suspected Marburg Virus Case
[Nation] Health officials in Trans Nzoia County have issued an alert of a suspected Marburg virus case in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Kenya on High Alert After a Suspected Marburg Case Near Uganda Border
[East African] Kenya is on high alert following a suspected case of the Ebola-like Marburg virus in the western Trans Nzoia County, which borders Uganda. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Deadly Marburg virus outbreak declared in Uganda
An outbreak of contagious and deadly Marburg virus disease in the Kween district of eastern Uganda was declared by the nation's Ministry of Health on October 19. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

East Africa:WHO Releases $500,000 to Contain Plague, Marburg
[East African] Kenya and Tanzania are among counties identified by the World Health Organisation as likely hotspots for the plague that has ravaged Madagascar and a recent Marburg virus disease outbreak in eastern Uganda. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 29, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:WHO Advises Kenya to Bolster Efforts Against Disease Outbreaks
[Nation] Kenya is among the countries identified by the World Health Organization as likely hotspots for plague and Marburg outbreaks that have ravaged Madagascar and Uganda respectively. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Marburg Patient Who Went Into Hiding Dies
[Monitor] The Marburg patient who had gone into hiding has died. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Amid Marburg outbreak, Uganda hosts global health summit
Amid Marburg fever outbreak, Uganda hosts global summit on infectious diseases (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Marburg virus disease – Uganda
On 17 October 2017, the Ugandan Ministry of Health notified WHO of a confirmed outbreak of Marburg virus disease in Kween District, Eastern Uganda. The Ministry for Health officially declared the outbreak on 19 October 2017. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Uganda:Global Health Security Meeting Must Work for All
[Monitor] Top scientists, academics and Health ministers or equivalents from around the world will this morning begin intense conversations in Kampala on how to guarantee global health security. The theme of the three-day symposium is: 'Security for all: Engaging communities, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector'. The theme and timing could not be more apt. Uganda is grappling with containing a Marburg outbreak in Sebei sub-region. The hazard zone straddles the Uganda-Kenya frontier, making cross-b (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Man 'Wanted' for Deadly Virus Surveillance
[CAJ News] Kampala -THE disappearance of a man wanted for monitoring is stalling efforts to contain an outbreak of the deadly Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Uganda. He is a brother to two victims that have died of the disease, including a 50-year-old woman whom she transported to the hospital and took the body back home for burial. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Rapid Response team from the country office has reached Kween district east of Uganda, the epicentre of the outbreak but the disappearance of the man is cause fo (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Halt Marburg in Its Tracks to Save Lives
[Monitor] The Health ministry has faced a few challenges in dealing with the latest epidemic to hit the country - Marburg disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Caretaker of Marburg Patient Goes Into Hiding
[Monitor] KWEEN/KAMPALA -The task force helping to fight Marburg spread in Kween District, eastern Uganda has asked police to hunt for Joseph Cherungu, an adult of Kamwam Village, who has reportedly been one of the key caretakers of the last Marburg victim. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever
World Health Organization. 10/2017 This fact sheet provides information about Marburg hemorrhagic fever, also called Marburg virus disease, which is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It discusses transmission, symptoms, persistent virus in people recovering from Marburg virus disease, diagnosis, treatment and vaccines, Marburg in animals, prevention and control, and controlling infection in healthcare settings. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Uganda Confirms One Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus Uganda Confirms One Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus
Uganda has confirmed one death from Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever, marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever, African Region [region], Press release [doctype], Uganda [country] Source Type: news

Uganda:Marburg Disease Alert - One Confirmed Dead in Kween
[Observer] Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of the Marburg virus disease in the eastern district of Kween. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Marburg hemorrhagic fever kills 1 person in Uganda
Uganda's health minister says 1 person has recently died Marburg, a highly infectious disease that, like Ebola, manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Uganda confirms one death from Ebola-like Marburg virus
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda has confirmed one death from Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Uganda confirms one case of Ebola-like Marburg virus
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Uganda has confirmed one case of Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Uganda:Marburg Fever Kills Two
[Monitor] Kampala -Government epidemiologists have confirmed an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever case in the eastern district of Kween. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Inserting a cannula into a vein
(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Patients who are given a local anesthetic before having a venous cannula inserted have a clearly reduced sensation of pain when larger gauge cannulas are used. Compared with intradermal lidocaine infusion, the use of vapocoolant spray has the advantage that the rate of venepuncture failures is lower. This is the conclusion reached by Dirk R ü sch and coauthors from Marburg University based on a randomized controlled trial. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Jefferson awarded $30M contract to develop Ebola vaccine
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year contract worth up to $30 million to Thomas Jefferson University to prepare and test a vaccine formulation designed to protect against the Ebola, Sudan, Marburg and Lassa fever viruses. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the NIH, made an initial award of $2.6 million to Jefferson for the global project that will be led by principal investigator Matthias Schnell, the chairman of Jefferson's department of microbiology… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 27, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Einstein Researchers Awarded Three NIH Grants Totaling $12 Million to Fight Virulent Viruses
August 11, 2017—BRONX, NY—The NIH has awarded Einstein researchers three grants totaling more than $12 million to protect against three deadly viruses—Ebola, Marburg and hantavirus. Research collaborations betweenKartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of microbiology& immunology and the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology, andJonathan Lai, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry, have led to novel approaches for developing vaccines and treatments. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - August 11, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Einstein researchers awarded 3 NIH grants totaling $12 million to fight virulent viruses
(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) The NIH has awarded Einstein researchers three grants totaling more than $12 million to protect against three deadly viruses -- Ebola, Marburg and hantavirus. Research collaborations between Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of microbiology& immunology and the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology, and Jonathan Lai, Ph.D. associate professor of biochemistry, have led to novel approaches for developing vaccines and treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola and Marburg Haemorrhagic Fevers: Outbreaks and Case Locations
United Kingdom Department of Health. 05/12/2017 This Web page provides information about incidents and outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg, both viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF). It describes current incidents and outbreaks, the West Africa outbreak 2014 to 2016, linked Ebola outbreaks and cases in other countries (2014 to 2015), Uganda 2014 (Marburg), Democratic Republic of Congo 2014 (Ebola), and a historic map of outbreaks. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Personal Protective Equipment for Use in a Filovirus Disease Outbreak: Rapid Advice Guideline (November 2016)
World Health Organization. 11/2016 This 71-page document provides guidelines that are intended for health workers providing direct care to patients with known or suspected filovirus disease, and recommendations for use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) are highly contagious pathogens that cause severe and often fatal illness in humans. The risk of transmission of Ebola virus can be reduced if appropriate measures are taken, including the use of PPE. The document also includes a chapter on PPE in the framework of infection prevention and control, and health worker safety and well-being....
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

2017 Annual Review of Diseases Prioritized Under the Research and Development Blueprint
World Health Organization. 04/03/2017 This 16-page document summarizes a meeting held on January 24-25, 2017, to review the list of priority diseases for the World Health Organization Research and Development (R&D) Blueprint. The R&D Blueprint focuses on severe emerging diseases with potential to generate a public health emergency, and for which insufficient or no preventive and curative solutions exist. The 2017 annual review determined there was an urgent need for research and development for nine diseases, including Filoviral diseases (including Ebola and Marburg); Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (M...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Antibody cures animals of Ebola-related viruses
Treatment with a monoclonal antibody cured guinea pigs and rhesus monkeys in late stages of infection with the Ebola-related viruses Marburg and Ravn. Researchers are now working to advance the treatment to clinical studies. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Monoclonal antibody cures marburg infection in monkeys
An experimental treatment cured 100 percent of guinea pigs and rhesus monkeys in late stages of infection with lethal levels of Marburg and Ravn viruses, relatives of the Ebola virus, scientists have found. Although the Marburg and Ravn viruses are less familiar than Ebola virus, both can resemble Ebola in symptoms and outcomes in people, and both lack preventive and therapeutic countermeasures. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Monoclonal antibody cures Marburg infection in monkeys
NIH-funded groups preparing for next filovirus outbreak. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - April 5, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Researchers develop Marburg virus treatment effective five days after infection
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) An antibody treatment successfully protected nonhuman primates against the deadly Marburg and Ravn viruses even when given five days after becoming infected, according to the latest findings of a collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., and Vanderbilt University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Monoclonal antibody cures marburg infection in monkeys
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that an experimental treatment cured 100 percent of guinea pigs and rhesus monkeys in late stages of infection with lethal levels of Marburg and Ravn viruses, relatives of the Ebola virus. Although the Marburg and Ravn viruses are less familiar than Ebola virus, both can resemble Ebola in symptoms and outcomes in people, and both lack preventive and therapeutic countermeasures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

He Treated The Very First Ebola Cases 40 Years Ago. Then He Watched The World Forget.
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. KINSHASA, Congo ― In early 2014, few people worried that the Ebola virus, which is up to 90 percent fatal, would pose a global threat. So the World Health Organization sent shockwaves around the world when it announced that Ebola was spreading out of control in West Africa. Before the epidemic was over two years later, it had killed thousands of people. They died in terrifying and painful ways, often passing the disease on to family members before and even after death....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

He Treated The Very First Ebola Cases 40 Years Ago. Then He Watched The World Forget.
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. KINSHASA, Congo ― In early 2014, few people worried that the Ebola virus, which is up to 90 percent fatal, would pose a global threat. So the World Health Organization sent shockwaves around the world when it announced that Ebola was spreading out of control in West Africa. Before the epidemic was over two years later, it had killed thousands of people. They died in terrifying and painful ways, often passing the disease on to family members before and even after death....
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces World Health Organization will Review Ebola Vaccine Regimen for Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL)
Preparations also underway to initiate first-in-human study for multivalent vaccine regimen to combat Ebola, Sudan and Marburg viruses (Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - November 21, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zika's Rapid Rise and the Limp Global Response Reveal Dire Global Health Challenges
With cases rising in Florida, Singapore, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago, the Zika virus pandemic is raising public concern in regions across the globe, including the U.S., where about 80 percent of Americans are aware of it but only 40 percent understand how it is actually transmitted. This raises a host of questions not only about the clinical and epidemiological scope of the outbreak, but also about the ability of citizens, public health authorities and politicians at all levels to adequately deal with it.  So far, the response has been slow and the challenge remains serious and unpredictable. We need to understand...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A top 10 list waiting to save lives!
By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog Sometimes I have to remind myself we are in the 21st Century when I hear that infectious diseases are a leading cause of death among adults and remain the leading cause of death in children. While most of these deaths occur in the developing world, a significant number occur in middle income countries. Vaccines are the most cost effective medical intervention known to prevent infectious diseases. An effective vaccine can significantly reduce the mortality associated with them. However, while we have come a long way, the reality is that we have relatively few effective vaccines. O...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

PLOS appoints Dr. Joerg Heber Editor-in-Chief of PLOS ONE
PLOS announced today that after an extensive search, Dr. Joerg Heber has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of PLOS ONE. Heber will be responsible for setting the editorial course of the journal and continue its mission of improving scholarly communication. His appointment is effective November 21, 2016. “Joerg’s deep understanding of scholarly publishing and his passion for Open Access will be tremendous assets to me and our editorial staff, and most importantly to PLOS ONE’s 6,000 Academic Editors and our authors,” said Veronique Kiermer, Executive Editor of PLOS. “PLOS ONE has been a driver of ...
Source: News from STM - September 20, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured Open Access Source Type: news

UCLA faculty voice: We can ’t rely on luck to counter public health threats
UCLA Dr. Jonathan Fielding Dr. Jonathan Fielding, is a professor-in-residence of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding of Public Health and pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He served as chair of the independent expert panel on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services response to Ebola. This op-ed appeared in U.S. News and World Report. In 2014, we were lucky. There were only four diagnosed cases of Ebola virus in the United States. But in Africa, there were over 25,000 diagnosed cases of Ebola virus and more than 11,000 deaths, amounting to a public health tragedy. The respons...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 18, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Progress towards protection from highly lethal Ebola, Marburg viruses
Ebola and Marburg filovirus disease outbreaks have typically occurred as isolated events, confined to central Africa. However, the recent Ebola epidemic spread to several African countries, and caused 11,000 deaths. That epidemic underscored the need to develop vaccines and therapeutics that could be used to fight future disease outbreaks. Now new research suggests that antibodies to filoviruses from individuals who have survived these diseases may offer protection -- not only against the particular filovirus that infected an individual, but against other filoviruses, as well. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Progress towards protection from highly lethal Ebola, Marburg viruses
(American Society for Microbiology) Ebola and Marburg filovirus disease outbreaks have typically occurred as isolated events, confined to central Africa. However, the recent Ebola epidemic spread to several African countries, and caused 11,000 deaths. That epidemic underscored the need to develop vaccines and therapeutics that could be used to fight future disease outbreaks. Now new research suggests that antibodies to filoviruses from individuals who have survived these diseases may offer protection -- not only against the particular filovirus that infected an individual, but against other filoviruses, as well. (Source: E...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 12, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news