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An outbreak of Ebola has been declared in Uganda after health authorities confirmed a case of the relatively rare Sudanese strain, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday.
A 24-year-old man from Mubende Central District in Uganda developed symptoms and later died.
The Department of Health Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine said the patient with the confirmed case had a high fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain and was vomiting blood. He had first been treated for malaria.
There are currently eight suspected cases receiving care at a health facility, the WHO Africa office said in a statement, adding that this is helping Ugandan health authorities with their investigation and the deployment of personnel to the affected area.
The WHO said there had been seven previous outbreaks of the Ebola strain Sudan, four in Uganda and three in Sudan.
He said Uganda last reported an Ebola strain Sudan outbreak in 2012 and an Ebola Zaire strain outbreak in 2019.
The WHO has stated that ring vaccination of people at high risk with the Ervebo vaccine had been very effective in controlling the spread of Ebola during recent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere, but that this vaccine had only been approved to protect against the Zaire strain.
Another vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N could be effective but has not yet been specifically tested against the Sudanese strain, he added.