CDC Health Advisory: Marburg Virus Disease Outbreaks in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Advisory to inform clinicians in the United States about two confirmed outbreaks of Marburg virus disease (MVD)—one in Equatorial Guinea and one in Tanzania. MVD is a rare but highly fatal viral hemorrhagic fever which affects both people and non-human primates. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that these two outbreaks are related; most experts agree that these represent two independent animal-to-human spillover events. To date, no confirmed cases of MVD related to these outbreaks have been reported in the United States or other countries outside Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania. 

Currently, the risk of MVD in the United States is low; however, clinicians should be aware of the potential for imported cases. This CDC communication includes recommendations for case identification, testing, and clinical laboratory biosafety considerations in the United States. 

Contact Public Health immediately if a patient is suspected to have MVD

Los Angeles County DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control:

  • Weekdays 8:30 am–5:00 pm: call 213-240-7941.
  • After-hours: call 213-974-1234 and ask for the physician on call.

Long Beach Health and Human Services:

  • Weekdays 8:00 am-5:00 pm: call 562-570-4302.
  • After hours: call the duty officer at 562-500-5537.

Pasadena Public Health Department:

  • Weekdays 8:00 am-5:00 pm: call 626-744-6089.  
  • After hours: call 626-744-6043. 
Read the CDC Health Advisory