Ugandan officials have reported 11 more Ebola cases A worrying rise in infections since Friday in the capital, more than a month after an outbreak was declared in a remote part of the East African country.
Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said on Monday that nine more people in the Kampala metropolitan area contracted the Ebola virus on Sunday, in addition to two others on Friday.
top World Health Organization An African official described a difficult situation for health workers last week, saying the Ebola outbreak in Uganda was “rapidly evolving”.
Ugandan health authorities have confirmed 75 cases of Ebola since September. 20, including 28 deaths. There are 19 active cases.
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The official figures do not include those who died, possibly from Ebola, before the outbreak was confirmed in the farming community about 93 miles west of Kampala.
Fears that Ebola could spread far from the epicenter of the outbreak have prompted authorities to impose an ongoing lockdown, including a nighttime curfew, in two of the five districts that have reported Ebola cases. The measures came after a man infected with the Ebola virus was treated in Kampala and died in a hospital there.
The nine new cases reported on Monday followed a similar pattern, as they were all contacts of an Ebola patient who had traveled from an Ebola hotspot and was being treated at Kampala’s top public hospital, known as Mulago.
there is there is no proven vaccine for the Sudanese strain of Ebola virus circulating in Uganda.
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According to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ugandan officials on Thursday documented more than 1,800 Ebola contacts, 747 of whom had completed 21 days of monitoring for possible signs of the disease, which manifests as viral hemorrhagic fever.
Contact tracing is key to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola.
Ebola is spread by contact with bodily fluids or contaminated materials from an infected person. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.
Scientists do not know the natural reservoir of Ebola, but they suspect that the first person infected during the outbreak acquired the virus through contact with or eating raw meat from an infected animal. Ugandan officials are still investigating the source of the current outbreak.
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Uganda has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola that have killed more than 2,000 people. 2014-16 Ebola outbreak West Africa It killed more than 11,000 people, the highest death toll of any disease.
Ebola was discovered in two simultaneous outbreaks in South Sudan and Congo in 1976, where the disease was named after a village near the Ebola River.
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