Uganda declares Ebola outbreak after death of one person

The World Health Organization’s Africa office said in a statement that the case was confirmed after testing a sample from a 24-year-old man in the country’s Mubindi district.

Ugandan health authorities have investigated six suspicious deaths in the region this month. The state Ministry of Health He said the 24-year-old patient died after developing symptoms.
“There are currently eight suspected cases receiving care in a health facility,” WHO Africa said, adding that it was helping Ugandan health authorities investigate and deploy staff to the affected area.

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

The World Health Organization said Uganda last reported an Ebola outbreak in Sudan in 2012. At least 17 of the 24 cases identified in that outbreak were killed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which helped contain the virus in The country located in East Africa at that time.
Uganda has had four Ebola outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization, the deadliest of which was in 2000 that left more than 200 people dead.
Uganda borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is experiencing a resurgence of Ebola following this year’s outbreak.
The last outbreak of the virus in Uganda was in 2019 when the Ebola strain was confirmed in Zaire, which led to the death of a 9-year-old Congolese girl near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to the World Health Organization, vaccination against the Zaire strain has been approved but the vaccination against the Sudan strain has not been tested.

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