Ebola outbreak | Ebola epidemic declared in an African nation

Since 2019, Uganda has confirmed one fatality caused by the virus.



The health ministry of Uganda has declared an outbreak of a rare strain of the extremely contagious virus in the central region of Mubende, marking the first fatal case of Ebola in the East African country in three years.


During a news conference on Tuesday, Diana Atwine, the ministry's permanent secretary, said that the victim was a 24-year-old man who experienced viral symptoms before passing away.


Before he passed away, the patient was vomiting blood, had a high fever, and was experiencing diarrhea and abdominal pain.


We want to let everyone in the nation know that there is an Ebola epidemic, which we have confirmed, Atwine added.


Eight patients with suspected cases of "the relatively rare Sudan strain" are reportedly receiving treatment in a hospital in Mubende, according to the WHO's African office.


"Uganda has experience with successful Ebola control. We were able to identify the virus immediately thanks to its expertise, and we can rely on this information to stop the spread of diseases, according to Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa's regional director.


The last epidemic of the Sudan strain in Uganda was recorded in 2012. In 2019, the Ebola Zaire strain also affected it, with at least five individuals passing away as a result of the illness.


Since 1976, when Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), a country bordering Uganda, it has killed over 15,000 people across the African continent.


Humans contract the frequently fatal viral hemorrhagic fever through body fluids. Bats are the primary hosts of Ebola.


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