Uganda explains Ebola outbreak after one person has died | CNN



Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak after a case of the relatively rare Sudanese strain was confirmed in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

The WHO Africa office said in a statement that the case was confirmed after testing a sample from a 24-year-old man in Mubende district.

Ugandan health authorities investigated six suspected deaths in the district this month. The countries Ministry of Health said the 24-year-old patient died after showing symptoms.

“There are currently eight suspected cases being cared for in a health center,” WHO Africa said, adding that it is helping Uganda’s health authorities investigate and deploy personnel in the affected area.

“This is the first time in more than a decade that Uganda has registered the Ebola Sudan strain,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “We are working closely with national health authorities to investigate the source of this outbreak.”

Uganda last reported an outbreak of Ebola Sudan in 2012, according to the WHO. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which helped contain the virus in the East African country at the time, at least 17 people died from the 24 cases identified in that outbreak.

Uganda has experienced four Ebola outbreaks, the deadliest was in 2000, according to the WHO, killing more than 200 people.

Uganda borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Ebola will break out again this year following outbreaks.

Uganda’s last outbreak was in 2019 when it confirmed the Zairean Ebola strain, leading to the death of a 9-year-old Congolese girl near the border with the DRC.

According to the WHO, the vaccination against the Zaire strain has been approved, but the vaccination against the Sudan strain has not been tested.

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