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Fear as Ebola outbreak is confirmed in Uganda

Uganda has registered one case of Ebola in the central Mubende District, high-level government officials briefed on the matter said last night.

The announcement of the outbreak, which is considered sensitive due to its likely negative impact on tourism, was made this morning.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng was reported to be in New York, and sources said officials first briefed President Museveni.

Senior Ministry of Health staff rushed to Mubende after unknown number of residents succumbed to what was initially reported as a “strange illness” until yesterday’s confirmation.

The Democratic Republic of Congo, which neighbors Uganda to the west, is currently battling an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, previously categorized as a hemorrhagic fever.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the disease is transmitted to people from animals and spreads through human-to-human infection.

Uganda has had at least three previous episodes of Ebola Virus Disease, the most deadly being in 2000 that killed hundreds, including its lead treatment specialist, Dr Matthew Lukwiya.

Source: Monitor

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