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An outbreak of deadly Marburg virus has been declared in eastern Uganda, the central African country’s Ministry of Health has confirmed.

The disease causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever in humans and is often fatal, with a mortality rate of around 50 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation.

There is no licensed treatment for the virus, but the early treatment of symptoms can improve survival rates in those infected.

Five cases have been reported in the Kween district of Uganda, which borders Kenya. Two cases have been confirmed, one is thought to be probable case and there have also been two suspected cases.

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