Tanzania, battling its first Marburg virus outbreak, has reported another case and another death, according to the latest weekly health emergencies report from the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office.
The latest case raises the country's outbreak total to nine cases, and the death lifts the fatality count to six, for a case-fatality rate of 66.7%. All of the country's cases are in Bukoba rural district in the Kagera region, located in northwestern corner of Tanzania. Of 212 contacts, 206 have completed their monitoring period.
In its previous weekly update, the WHO said two of the earlier cases involved healthcare workers, including one who died. Many of the contacts under monitoring were healthcare workers.
The outbreak was first reported in the middle of March, with the index patient developing symptoms after returning from an island in Lake Victoria.
Marburg virus is closely related to Ebola virus, which is thought to jump to humans from fruit bats that harbor the virus. Like Ebola, Marburg virus spreads among humans through contact with an infected person's body fluids. However, unlike Ebola, there are no approved vaccines or treatments for Marburg virus infections.