Marburg virus disease


How many cases are there of Marburg virus disease? How many in Canada and around the world?

There have been no cases of Marburg virus disease in Canada.

In 1967, two large outbreaks occurred in Germany and in Serbia. This was associated with laboratory work using African green monkeys imported from Uganda. Since then, a total of 571 cases (including 470 deaths) have been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases of Marburg virus disease have been confirmed in:

  • Angola
  • Uganda
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Kenya
  • South Africa (in a person with a recent travel history to Zimbabwe)

The WHO posts information on the total number of human cases of Marburg virus disease and maps of where human cases have occurred.

How does Canada monitor Marburg outbreaks?

Marburg virus disease has been nationally notifiable in Canada since 2000.

As a nationally notifiable disease, Marburg cases are reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada through national surveillance systems:

The Agency also works closely with its national and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to track Marburg outbreaks.

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