Others nine positive cases of Ebola were registered this Sunday in the capital of Uganda, Kampala, which adds a total of fourteen people infected in the city due to the outbreak declared on September 20 in the country and that already accumulates 90 casesconfirmed today the Ugandan Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng.
“Yesterday, October 23, 2022, nine individuals were confirmed positive for Ebola” in the Kampala area and its metropolitan area “bringing the total number of cases to 14 in the last 48 hours”, Aceng said on Monday through the social network Twitter.
According to the minister, the victims had been in contact with a patient from the Kasanda district (center) who died in Uganda’s main hospital, Mulago, in the capital.
The new cases include seven relatives of the deceased and a health worker who treated him at a private clinic, the minister said.
Aceng revealed the new infections just a day after putting five cases in Kampala on Sunday, when it reported that patients who tested positive were transferred to the isolation unit in Entebbe, another hospital some 40 kilometers from Mulago.
As confirmed to EFE this Monday by sources from the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the outbreak already accumulates a total of 90 confirmed cases, including 28 deaths.
Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak on September 20 after confirming a case in the Mubende district (center), where a 24-year-old man died of the disease caused by this virus, specifically the unusual strain from Sudan.
Unlike the Zaire strain, recorded in epidemics in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it is still there is no approved vaccine for this strain.
Besides, the sudan strain it is not only less communicable but it presents a lower mortality than that of Zaire.
countries like the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Somalia They’re in alert to prevent possible spread of the virus.
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Last Friday, the Ugandan Information Minister, Godfrey Kabyanga, assured that “this epidemic should be reversed and eliminated by the end of 2022”.
For his part, on Thursday, the acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC, dependent on the African Union), Ahmed Ogwell, pointed out that the current data “implies a risk of spread in the country and their neighbors”, but do not require “full emergency” measures.
On the 7th, a patient who had fled Mubende to seek treatment from a traditional healer ended up dying in a Kampala hospital, marking the first death from the virus in the Ugandan capital, albeit an imported case.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced on the 15th a 21-day lockdown and other restrictions in Mubende and Kasanda to contain the epidemic.
Discovered in 1976 in the DRC – then called Zaire – Ebola is a serious, often fatal disease that affects humans and primates, and is spread by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected people or animals.
It causes severe bleeding and its first symptoms are sudden and high fever, severe weakness, and muscle, head, and throat pain, as well as vomiting.
The virus ravaged several West African countries from 2014 to 2016, when 11,300 people died and there were more than 28,500 cases.
(with information from EFE)
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