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three more Ebola patients have died in Uganda, the health ministry said on Friday, bringing the total death toll to four, days after authorities confirmed the outbreak of a strain of the deadly disease for which no vaccine has yet been found. been approved.
uganda ministry of health said it had confirmed 11 total Ebola cases, including all four deaths.
The current epidemic, attributed to the Sudan Ebola strainappears to have started in a small village in Mubende district around the beginning of September, according to authorities.
Seven other deaths are being investigated for being linked to the outbreak in Mubende, about 130km west of the capital Kampala.
The first victim was a 24-year-old man who died earlier this week.
The World Health Organization says the Ebola Sudan strain is less transmissible and has shown a lower death rate in previous outbreaks than Ebola Zaire, a strain that killed nearly 2,300 people in the outbreak of 2018-2020 in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.