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KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Ministry of Well being has confirmed an outbreak of the lethal Ebola Virus Illness in Uganda, with the primary case and demise reported in Mubende district.
In line with a tweet by the Ministry, the confirmed case is a 24-year-old male a resident of Ngabano village of Madudu Sub County in Mubende District who introduced signs of the EVD, and examined constructive for the hemorrhagic fever earlier than passing on.
The Everlasting Secretary on the Well being Ministry, Dr Diana Atwiine whereas addressing the media on Tuesday morning confirmed that at the very least six different folks in the identical space have died this month after struggling “a wierd sickness.”
She nevertheless reassured that the nation is able to tackle the outbreak because it has up to now.
“The great factor is that each district has a fast response, so any clinic in that space which get any affected person with signs ought to contact the district authorities so we will represent the measures for investigation and isolation.”
The Democratic Republic of Congo, which neighbors Uganda to the west, is at present battling an outbreak of Ebola Virus Illness, beforehand categorized as a hemorrhagic fever.
In line with the World Well being Group, the illness is transmitted to folks from animals and spreads by means of human-to-human an infection.
In an announcement launched by WHO, the reported case in Uganda was of the comparatively uncommon Sudan pressure, after well being ministry authorities investigated six suspicious deaths within the district this month.
“There are at present eight suspected instances who’re receiving care in a well being facility,” WHO Africa mentioned, including it was serving to Uganda’s well being authorities with their investigation and deploying workers to the affected space.
Uganda has had at the very least three earlier episodes of Ebola Virus Illness, essentially the most lethal being in 2000 which claimed lots of of lives, together with Physician Matthew Lukwiya, who was the lead medical officer in command of the illness then.