Uganda declares Ebola outbreak after finding rare Sudanese strain

Uganda declares Ebola outbreak after finding rare Sudanese strain

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An Ebola outbreak was declared in Uganda after health authorities confirmed a case of the relatively rare Sudanese strain, the health ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

24 year old man in UgandaIn the central area of ​​Mubende, symptoms developed and he later died.

“We want to inform the country that we have an outbreak ebola which we confirmed yesterday.” – Diana Ethwine health This was announced at a press conference by the permanent secretary of the ministry.

She said the patient with the confirmed case had a high fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain, as well as vomiting blood. He was initially treated for malaria.

The facility is currently treating eight suspected cases, the WHO Africa Office, which is assisting Ugandan health authorities in their investigation and dispatching personnel to the affected area, said in a statement.

“Uganda is no stranger to effectively fighting Ebola. Thanks to her experience, steps were taken to quickly detect the virus, and we can rely on this knowledge to stop the spread of the infection,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

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

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

The WHO has said that ring vaccination of high-risk people with the Ervebo vaccine has been very effective in controlling the spread of Ebola during recent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other countries, but the vaccine has only been approved to protect against the Zaire strain. .

Another vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson may be effective but has yet to be specifically tested against the Sudanese strain.

(REUTERS)

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