Marburg Virus Disease Outbreaks
On February 13, 2023, the Government of Equatorial Guinea (GREG) declared a Marburg virus disease (MVD) outbreak, the country’s first outbreak of the disease. Cases were reported in several provinces, including Kie-Ntem, Littoral, and Centro Sur. The government declared the outbreak over on May 15, with 16 confirmed cases and 12 deaths. One additional lab-confirmed sample was never linked to a specific patient since the sample was unlabeled. An additional 23 probable cases, all deceased, were also reported during this outbreak.
In response to a request from the GREG, CDC deployed staff with expertise in viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) and laboratorians to set up a mobile lab. The team assisted with the response, providing guidance and support for identifying and tracking illnesses, and laboratory testing and training.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on June 8, 2023, 42 days after the last patient was discharged from treatment.
Note: Districts affected may include where cases reside, were identified, and/or received care to highlight where ongoing MVD spread may be possible.
On March 21, 2023, Tanzania government officials declared the country’s first outbreak of Marburg virus disease. CDC’s Tanzania country office provided immediate support in surveillance, epidemiology, and data management. The outbreak was declared over on May 31 with one probable and 8 confirmed cases, with 5 deaths. All cases were reported from the country’s northwest Kagera region.
At this time, there is no evidence of a link between the Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania outbreaks. No confirmed cases of MVD related to these outbreaks were reported outside Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania.
|Year(s)||Country||Apparent or suspected origin||Reported number of human cases||Reported number (%) of deaths among cases||Situation|
|2022||Ghana||Ashanti Region||3||2||A fatal suspect case of Marburg virus disease (MVD) was identified in the Ashanti region of Ghana on July 7, 2022. MVD was initially detected at Ghana’s national laboratory by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and confirmed at the Institut Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal, marking the first detection of MVD in Ghana. Shortly after, two additional family members were also confirmed to have MVD. No additional cases outside the family cluster were identified. The outbreak was declared over in September.|
|2021||Guinea||Guéckédou||1||1 (100%)||One case was reported and confirmed by the Guinean Ministry of Health in a patient who was diagnosed after death. No additional cases were confirmed after more than 170 high-risk contacts were monitored for 21 days.|
|2017||Uganda||Kween||4||3 (75%)||A blood sample from Kween District in Eastern Uganda tested positive for Marburg virus. Within 24 hours of confirmation, a rapid outbreak response was begun. This outbreak occurred as a family cluster with no additional transmission outside of the four related cases.15|
|2014||Uganda||Kampala||1*||1||Overall, one case was confirmed (fatal) and 197 contacts were followed for 3 weeks. Out of these 197 contacts, 8 developed symptoms similar to Marburg, but all tested negative at the Uganda Virus Research Institute with support from CDC.14|
|2012||Uganda||Kabale||15||4 (27%)||Testing at CDC/UVRI identified a Marburg virus disease outbreak in the districts of Kabale, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kampala over a 3-week time period.13|
|2008||Netherlands ex Uganda||Cave in Maramagambo forest in Uganda, at the southern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park||1||1 (100%)||A 40-year-old Dutch woman with a recent history of travel to Uganda was admitted to hospital in the Netherlands. Three days prior to hospitalization, the first symptoms (fever, chills) occurred, followed by rapid clinical deterioration. The woman died on the 10th day of the illness.11,12|
|2008||USA ex Uganda||Cave in Maramagambo forest in Uganda, at the southern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park||1||0 (0)||A U.S traveler returned from Uganda in January 2008. The patient developed illness 4 days after returning, was hospitalized, discharged and fully recovered. The patient was retrospectively diagnosed with Marburg virus infection.10|
|2007||Uganda||Lead and gold mine in Kamwenge District, Uganda||4||1 (25%)||Small outbreak, with 4 cases in young males working in a mine. To date, there have been no additional cases identified.9|
|2004 to 2005||Angola||Uige Province, Angola||252||227 (90%)||Outbreak believed to have begun in Uige Province in October 2004. Most cases detected in other provinces have been linked directly to the outbreak in Uige.8|
|1998 to 2000||Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)||Durba, DRC||154||128 (83%)||Most cases occurred in young male workers at a gold mine in Durba, in the north-eastern part of the country, which proved to be the epicentre of the outbreak. Cases were subsequently detected in the neighboring village of Watsa.7|
|1990||Russia||Russia||1||1 (100%)||Laboratory contamination.6|
|1987||Kenya||Kenya||1||1 (100%)||A 15-year-old Danish boy was hospitalized with a 3-day history of headache, malaise, fever, and vomiting. Nine days prior to symptom onset, he had visited Kitum Cave in Mount Elgon National Park. Despite aggressive supportive therapy, the patient died on the 11th day of illness. No further cases were detected.5|
|1980||Kenya||Kenya||2||1 (50%)||Recent travel history included a visit to Kitum Cave in Kenya’s Mount Elgon National Park. Despite specialized care in Nairobi, the male patient died. A doctor who attempted resuscitation developed symptoms 9 days later but recovered.4|
|1975||Johannesburg, South Africa||Zimbabwe||3||1 (33%)||A man with a recent travel history to Zimbabwe was admitted to hospital in South Africa. Infection spread from the man to his traveling companion and a nurse at the hospital. The man died, but both women were given vigorous supportive treatment and eventually recovered.3|
|1967||Germany and Yugoslavia||Uganda||31||7 (23%)||Simultaneous outbreaks occurred in laboratory workers handling African green monkeys imported from Uganda.1 In addition to the 31 reported cases, an additional primary case was retrospectively serologically diagnosed.2|
*Numbers reflect laboratory confirmed cases only.
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