Uganda Confirms Ebola Case in Country’s East as Outbreak Widens

Ebola Spreads to Eastern Uganda (News Central TV)

According to Uganda‘s Ministry of Health, Ebola has spread from the central area, where it originated, to the east of the nation.

A verified dead case, a 45-year-old male, has been recorded in the Jinja area of eastern Uganda, according to a tweet from Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister of health, on Sunday.

On November 10, Aceng announced that the verified fatal case had passed away at home. The confirmed case, according to her tweets, was connected to a possible case, his brother, who flew to Jinja from the Ugandan capital Kampala where he was allegedly exposed to the disease and passed away on November 3 after becoming ill for ten days in the Jinja area.

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Aceng added that contact tracing and epidemiological investigations have been activated. According to Ministry of Health data as of November 6, the outbreak, which was first reported on September 20, had resulted in 135 confirmed cases nationwide.

Two weeks ago, Nigerian authorities claim that the nation is “at high danger” of importing the Ebola virus.

The high degree of risk to the nation, according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, is caused by the “heavy air traffic between Nigeria and Uganda and the mixing of passengers, particularly at the regional travel hubs of Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Kigali airports.”

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According to the NCDC, travellers traveling to or through Uganda are monitored for 21 days after their arrival in Nigeria. Additionally, it states that response teams are prepared to be sent out in the event of an outbreak.

Since the outbreak started in September, Uganda has documented more than 100 cases and 30 fatalities, and there have been concerns the virus may spread to other nations.

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