Uganda confirms at least 1 case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever

KAMPALA — An outbreak of Ebola has been reported in Uganda after health officials confirmed a case of the relatively rare strain of Sudan, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

A 24-year-old man in Uganda’s central Mubende district developed symptoms and later died.

“We would like to inform the country that we have an Ebola outbreak that we confirmed yesterday,” Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary of the Department of Health, said at a news conference.

A healthcare worker who volunteered in the Ebola response decontaminates his colleague after caring for a woman who may have contracted Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A healthcare worker who volunteered in the Ebola response decontaminates his colleague after caring for a woman who may have contracted Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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She said the patient with the confirmed case had a high fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain and was vomiting blood. He was initially treated for malaria.

Eight suspected cases are currently being treated at a health facility, WHO’s Africa office said in a statement, adding that it is helping Uganda’s health authorities with their investigations and dispatching staff to the affected area.

“Uganda is no stranger to effective Ebola control. Thanks to his expertise, actions have been taken to quickly detect the virus and we can rely on this knowledge to stop the spread of infection,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

The WHO said there had previously been seven outbreaks of the Ebola Sudan strain, four in Uganda and three in Sudan.

Uganda last reported an outbreak of Ebola strain Sudan in 2012 and an outbreak of Ebola strain Zaire in 2019.

Health workers in hazmat suits attend to an Ebola victim in an isolation tent in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019.
Health workers in hazmat suits attend to an Ebola victim in an isolation tent in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019.
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The WHO said ring-vaccination of high-risk individuals with the Ervebo vaccine had been highly effective in controlling the spread of Ebola in recent outbreaks in the DRC and elsewhere, but that this vaccine was only to protect against the Zaire strain been approved.

Another vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) could be effective but has yet to be tested specifically against the Sudan strain, he added.

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