A Tanzanian doctor working in Uganda who contracted Ebola has died, the first health worker to be killed by the disease in the country’s latest outbreak, Uganda’s health minister said on Saturday.
“I am sorry to announce that we have lost our first doctor, Dr. Mohammed Ali, a 37-year-old Tanzanian citizen,” Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng tweeted.
She said Ali had tested positive for Ebola on September 26 and died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Fort Portal, a city about 300 kilometers west of the capital Kampala.
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Authorities in the East African nation announced the outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever on September 20, sparking fears of a major health crisis in the country of 45 million people.
There is no vaccine for the Sudanese strain of the disease behind the latest infections in Uganda.
The Health Ministry said on Friday, before Ali’s death, that the disease had so far infected 35 people and killed seven.
Ali was among six health care workers who include doctors, an anesthesiologist and a medical student who have contracted the disease.
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Ebola spreads primarily through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. The viral illness has symptoms that include severe weakness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes, among others.