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Ebola outbreak declared in Uganda, 1 dead


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

A 24-year-old man from Mubende district in central Uganda showed symptoms and later died.

Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine said the patient with the confirmed case had a high fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain, and was vomiting blood. He had initially been treated for malaria.

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Sanitary measures are being taken at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital after an Ebola outbreak occurred in Mubende, Uganda on September 20, 2022.
(Nicholas Kajoba/Anadolu Agency)

There are currently eight suspected cases receiving care at a health facility, the WHO Africa office said in a statement, adding that it was assisting Ugandan health authorities with their investigation and dispatching staff to the affected area.

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

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

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The WHO said that ring vaccination of high-risk people with the Ervebo vaccine had been highly effective in controlling the spread of Ebola in recent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere, but that this vaccine had only been approved for protect against the Zaire strain. .

Another vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N may be effective, but has not yet been tested specifically against the Sudan strain, it added.



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