An outbreak of the deadly Marburg Virus is now confirmed in Uganda. The virus, similar to Ebola, is far worse with an 88% fatality rate. It causes those infected to bleed through every orrifice, then through their own skin as they slide helplessly into death.
A team of experts have been scrambled to the Kween district to contain the virus amid fears it will become a serious epidemic.
There is currently no treatment of the virus.
According to local reports the two people who died of Marburg recently were brother and sister.
But fears have soared after it emerged another three are suspected of contracting the virus, one of whom has disappeared after refusing to go to hospital.
And more worryingly, it is feared several hundred people have come into contact with the five victims.
Dr Diana Atwine, Uganda’s health ministry permanent secretary, said: “At moment we don’t know if there are other people apart from the dead who have contracted the disease.
“Health experts are still investigating in addition to sensitising the population about the dangers of Marburg and we call for public vigilance.”
The outbreak comes after Daily Star Online revealed a new Black Death outbreak is spreading fast across Africa after taking root in Madagascar.
And among the places affected are tourist destinations such as South Africa, Kenya, the Seychelles and Mauritius.
Health officials fear the plague, which has killed 124 people in this latest outbreak, is now running a “high” risk of spreading.