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One Confirmed Dead as Ebola Hits Uganda


By Agnes Kiconco

KIU, Main Campus - The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwiine, has confirmed an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Mubende District, Uganda.

Addressing journalists in Kampala on Tuesday, Dr. Atwiine, said the confirmed case is a 24-year-old male a resident of Ngabano village in Madudu Sub County in Mubende District.

“The clinical team took off samples for testing at UVRI. Results confirmed that the patient was positive for the Ebola-Sudan strain,” Dr. Atwiine said.

Dr. Atwiine said the ministry and partners have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Mubende District to support the teams in surveillance, contact tracing, and case management.

The symptoms of the disease include high temperature, headache, joint and muscle pain, soar throat, and severe muscle weakness.

World Health Organisation indicates that Uganda has had four Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks in 2000, 2014, 2017, and 2018. The biggest and most deadly was in 2000, which registered 425 cases and 224 deaths.