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World Sixteen cases of Ebola experienced in Uganda since the start of epidemic

02:33  26 september  2022
02:33  26 september  2022 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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Sixteen cases of Ebola have been identified in Uganda since Tuesday and the announcement by the authorities of the presence of an "epidemic" in the center of the country, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.

Friday, health authorities announced that four people died of the Ebola virus in three days. All deaths and cases had been recorded in the Mubende district, about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala.

The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday on Twitter that 16 cases of Ebola have been identified since the start of the epidemic and that "cases have been identified outside of Mebende", three in Kyegegwa and one in Kassanda , in the center of the country.

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"For the moment, no case confirmed in Kampala," the health authorities said.

Uganda has already experienced Ebola epidemics, a disease that has killed thousands of deaths across Africa since its discovery in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of neighboring Congo.

Emma Ainebyoona, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, told AFP on Friday that "travel restrictions for non-essential work in the Mubende district, epidery of the epidemic, were imposed".

The health authorities of this African country in the Great Lakes region had announced on Tuesday the death of a 24 -year -old man because of Ebola, a first since 2019.

The case of the deceased came from a Step "relatively rare" so -called Sudanese, which had not been reported in Uganda since 2012, announced on Tuesday the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ebola virus disease is often fatal, but vaccines and treatments now exist against this hemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted to humans by infected animals.

Human transmission is made by bodily liquids, with the main symptoms of fevers, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea. Infected people only become contagious after the appearance of symptoms, after an incubation period ranging from 2 to 21 days.

The disease presents six different strains, including three (Bundibugyo, Sudan, Zaire) have already caused large epidemics.

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