Uganda’s health ministry has announced the first fatal case of Ebola in the East African nation in three years, declaring an outbreak of a rare strain of the highly contagious virus in the central district of Mubende.
The victim was a 24-year-old man, who showed symptoms of the virus and later died, Diana Atwine, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said during a press conference on Tuesday.
According to her, the patient was suffering from severe abdominal pains, fever and diarrhea.
“We want to inform the country that we have an outbreak of Ebola, which we confirmed yesterday,”Atwine spoke.
The African Office of the World Health Organization has identified eight cases in which there are suspected signs of AIDS. “the relatively rare Sudan strain”They are currently receiving treatment at a Mubende hospital.
“Uganda is no stranger to effective Ebola control. Thanks to its expertise, action has been taken quickly to detect the virus, and we can bank on this knowledge to halt the spread of infections,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa’s regional director, said in a statement.
The last time Uganda experienced an epidemic of the Sudan strain was in 2012. The Ebola Zaire virus also struck Uganda in 2012. At least 5 people were killed.
Ebola, which was discovered in 1976 in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), borders Uganda and has now killed around 15,000 Africans.
Ebola, which is often fatal, spreads via bodily fluids. Ebola is naturally spread to bats.
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