Ebola Outbreak Declared in Uganda

KAMPALA (Reuters) —
Kavota Mugisha Robert, a health-care worker, who volunteered in the Ebola response, decontaminates his colleague after he entered the house of an 85-year-old woman, suspected of dying of Ebola, in the eastern Congolese town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2019. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo)

An outbreak of ebola virus disease has been declared in Uganda, the country’s Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

The ministry said on Twitter that there had been a confirmed Ebola case in the central Mubende district, a 24-year-old man who showed symptoms and later died.

The WHO’s Africa office said in a statement that the case was of the relatively rare Sudan strain, after Ugandan health authorities investigated six suspicious deaths in the district this month.

“There are currently eight suspected cases who are receiving care in a health facility,” WHO Africa said, adding it was helping Uganda’s health authorities with their investigation and deploying staff to the affected area.

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