Ugandan authorities confirmed seven Ebola-related cases Thursday, as they tried to locate 43 potential contacts for Ebola victims. The announcement of an Ebola outbreak in East African countries came two days after officials from Uganda announced the same.
Eight deaths total, one of which has been confirmed, have occurred “attributable to the virus,”Ugandan army officer Dr. Henry Kyobe is currently tracking Ebola cases. He talked about a “rapidly evolving”Situation where “we think cases may rise in a few days.”
Mubende is the epicenter of this outbreak in central Uganda. The main town of Mubende lies just off a highway that takes you to Kampala. Kyobe said that the World Health Organization is concerned about this travel link as well as several overcrowded artisanal mines.
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The source of the Ebola outbreak has not been identified by Ugandan authorities. They also haven’t yet found the first victim. After testing the blood of a man aged 24, who was initially being treated for malaria and pneumonia when he went to his hometown, they confirmed that there had been an Ebola epidemic in Sudan. Local officials said that six other people in the area died from the strange disease earlier this month, three of them children.
It is unknown if there are any vaccines for Ebola in Sudan. “its very critical at this point that we treat this outbreak as serious, because we may not have the advantage that we have gained in terms of the advancement in medical countermeasures,”Patrick Otim is an African epidemiologist at WHO.
Ebola is a disease that spreads through bodily fluids or other contaminated material. Ebola can cause fever, vomiting and diarrhea as well as muscle pains and internal bleeding.
Scientists don’t know the natural reservoir of the virus, but they suspect the first victim in an Ebola outbreak gets infected through contact with an infected animal.
There have been multiple Ebola cases in Uganda. One of the worst was in 2000, which claimed more than 200 lives.
A new Ebola case was reported in Beni in eastern Congo last month. It is believed that it has been linked to an earlier outbreak.
Congo’s 10th outbreak of Ebola in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri killed more than 2,000 people from 2018 to 2020. In that period, some Ebola cases were reported in neighboring Uganda. These officials said they could be linked to the Congo outbreak.
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