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Ebola Outbreak Declared in Uganda

by Zablon Ondari
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Uganda’s Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Mubende District.

This is after a 24-year-old man, who presented the symptoms succumbed to the virus.

“Uganda confirms an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Mubende District, Uganda. The confirmed case is a 24-year-old male a resident of Ngabano village of Madudu Sub County in Mubende District presented with EVD symptoms and later succumbed,” the health ministry said.

Diana Atwin, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, said the clinical team took off samples for testing at UVRI and the results confirmed that the patient was positive for the Ebola-Sudan strain.

She said that the patient who was infected with Ebola had a high fever, diarrhoea and abdominal pain and was vomiting blood. Initially, the patient was treated for malaria. The Africa Office of the WHO said in a statement that there are currently eight suspected cases. Patients continue to be treated.

The Ministry of Health and partners have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Mubende District to support the teams in surveillance, contact tracing, and case management.

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