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Marburg Outbreak Travel Alert Issued for Tanzania

March 23, 2023 • 7:05 am CDT
CDC Travel Advisory Tanzania March 21, 2023
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the United Republic of Tanzania declared an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD), with confirmed cases reported in the Kagera Region.

Other MVD outbreaks in Africa have been confirmed in 2023.

MVD is a viral hemorrhagic fever, with symptoms including fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, rash, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, chest pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

Infection with the Marburg virus is often fatal, as there is no specific treatment, says the CDC.

As of March 21, 2023, the CDC's Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions notices advises visitors should separate themselves from others and seek medical care immediately if they develop fever, chills, muscle pain, rash, sore throat, diarrhea, weakness, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising during or after travel (up to 21 days).

As of March 23, 2023, no MVD preventive vaccines are authorized.