Uganda confirms at least 1 case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever

KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan well being authorities on Tuesday reported {that a} man who died a day earlier had examined constructive for the virus that causes Ebola.

They mentioned it is nonetheless unknown how the 24-year-old man turned contaminated with the Sudan pressure of Ebola, for which there isn’t a authorized vaccine. He lived within the central Ugandan district of Mubende, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of the capital, Kampala.

“We are right now gathering more information on the possible source of infection,” mentioned the ministry of well being, which referred to a possible new outbreak as a result of six different folks in the identical space — together with three kids — died earlier in September after struggling what native officers had known as an odd sickness.

The confirmed Ebola sufferer was initially handled for different diseases, together with malaria and pneumonia, when he sought care in his hometown, the assertion mentioned.

The World Health Organization in a separate assertion reported eight suspected Ebola sufferers who’re getting care on this East African nation of 45 million folks.

“Uganda isn’t any stranger to efficient Ebola management. Thanks to its experience, motion has been taken to rapidly to detect the virus and we will financial institution on this data to halt the unfold of infections,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization regional director for Africa.

WHO is helping Ugandan health authorities with investigations and is deploying staff to the affected area, it said.

Uganda has had multiple Ebola outbreaks, including one in 2000 that killed hundreds.

Last month authorities in Congo said a new case of Ebola in the eastern city of Beni was linked to a previous outbreak.

Congo’s 10th outbreak of Ebola in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri killed more than 2,000 people from 2018 to 2020. During that time, neighboring Uganda reported some cases that authorities said were linked to the outbreak in Congo.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in South Sudan and Congo, the place it occurred in a village close to the Ebola River after which the illness is called.

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