Uganda Confirms Ebola Outbreak in Central Mubende District

According to figures from the Uganda health ministry, the latest Ebola outbreak killed 55 of the 143 people infected since September. Six of the people who died were health workers.

Uganda on Monday confirmed one case of Ebola in the central Mubende District after an unknown number of residents succumbed to what was initially reported as a “strange illness”.

“Uganda confirms an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Mubende District, Uganda. The confirmed case is a 24 year old male a resident Ngabano village of Madudu Sub County in Mubende District presented with EVD symptoms and later succumbed,” the Health ministry said.

This follows an investigation by the National Rapid Response team of six suspicious deaths that have occurred in the district in September. There are currently eight suspected cases who are receiving care in a health facility.

“This is the first time in more than a decade that Uganda is recording an outbreak of Sudan ebolavirus. We are working closely with the national health authorities to investigate the source of this outbreak while supporting the efforts to quickly roll out effective control measures,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates. It has six different species, three of which (Bundibugyo, Sudan and Zaire) have previously caused large outbreaks. Case fatality rates of the Sudan virus have varied from 41% to 100% in past outbreaks. Early initiation of supportive treatment has been shown to significantly reduce deaths from Ebola.

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