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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
(March 22, 2023)
March 22, 2023

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (March 22, 2023)

Location: Kagera Region (Northwest Tanzania)

Event: On March 21, the Government of Tanzania declared an outbreak of Marburg virus disease with confirmed cases in the Kagera Region in northwest Tanzania. There have been no cases found outside the Kagera Region.

CDC issued a Level 1 (Practice Usual Precautions) Travel Health Notice for Marburg in Tanzania.

Marburg virus disease is a viral hemorrhagic fever. It is spread by contact with blood or body fluids of a person infected with Marburg virus. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects (such as clothing, bedding, needles, and medical equipment) or by contact with animals, such as bats and nonhuman primates, who are infected with Marburg virus.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, rash, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, chest pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

The government of Tanzania is tracking contacts of infected cases and those affected could be quarantined. Travelers to and from the region may be subject to enhanced health screening.

Actions to Take:

U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani,
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania