Uganda Ebola death toll rises to four – Ministry of Health


KAMPALA (Reuters) – Three more Ebola patients have died in Uganda, the health ministry said Friday, bringing the total death toll to four, days after authorities confirmed an outbreak of a strain of the deadly disease for which no vaccine has yet been approved . .

Uganda’s health ministry said it had confirmed a total of 11 cases of Ebola, including four deaths.

The current outbreak, attributed to the Ebola Sudan tribe, appears to have started in a small village in Mubende district in early September, authorities say.

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Seven other deaths are under investigation as they are linked to the outbreak in Mubende, about 130 km west of the capital Kampala.

The first victim was a 24-year-old man who died earlier this week.

The World Health Organization says the Ebola Sudan strain is less transmissible and has shown a lower death rate in previous outbreaks than Ebola Zaire, a strain that killed nearly 2,300 people during the 2018-2020 epidemic in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

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(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by Hereward Holland; Editing by James Macharia Chege)


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