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May 8, 2023 - Marburg Virus Disease Outbreaks in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania

Monday, May 8, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported two confirmed outbreaks of Marburg virus disease (MVD) – one in Equatorial Guinea and one in Tanzania. These two outbreaks are not epidemiologically linked and are considered to represent two independent animal-to-human spillover events. As of May 8, 2023, no suspected, probable, or confirmed cases related to these outbreaks have been reported in the United States (US) or the District of Columbia. Healthcare professionals should be aware of the risk of imported cases in the United States. To ensure timely identification and public health follow-up of suspected cases, the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) asks that facilities and providers assist us in our surveillance by promptly reporting suspected cases of patients who travelled to these countries in the last 21 days and present with symptoms consistent with MVD. Facilities and providers should ensure their infection prevention and control precautions for preventing MVD transmission align with CDC and DC Health recommendations.