Uganda declares Ebola outbreak after one person-day

The WHO Africa office said in a statement that the case was confirmed after testing a sample from a 24-year-old man in Mubende district.

Ugandan health authorities have investigated six suspicious deaths in the district this month. The country The Ministry of Health said the 24-year-old patient died after showing symptoms.
“There are currently eight suspected cases receiving care at a health facility,” WHO Africa said. saidadding that he was assisting Ugandan health authorities in the investigation and was deploying personnel to the affected area.

“This is the first time in over a decade that Uganda has recorded the Ebola Sudan strain,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “We are working closely with national health authorities to investigate the source of this outbreak.”

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Uganda last reported an Ebola outbreak in Sudan in 2012, the WHO said. At least 17 people have been killed out of the 24 cases identified in this outbreak, according to the Centers for Disaster Control and Preventionwho helped contain the virus in the East African country at the time.
Uganda has had four outbreaks of Ebola, according to the WHO, the deadliest being in 2000, which left more than 200 dead.
Uganda borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has an outbreak of Ebola following epidemics this year.
Uganda’s last outbreak was in 2019, when it confirmed the Ebola strain from Zaire, which led to the death of a 9-year-old Congolese girl near the border with the DRC.

According to WHO, vaccination has been approved against the Zaire strain but inoculation against the Sudan strain has not been tested.