Kampala, Uganda – A new Ebola outbreak in central Uganda has killed seventeen (17) people in three weeks, the health ministry in Kampala said on Monday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), On 5 October, reported 29 deaths in the country from Ebola since the start of the epidemic.
This figure includes deaths among people confirmed to have the virus, as well as suspected cases.
The Ugandan government is counting only deaths among confirmed patients, which is 48 people as of 9 October, according to the ministry.
Ebola is often fatal, but vaccines and treatments are now available for haemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted to humans by infected animals.
The previous death toll from the Ugandan authorities, published on 5 October, was 10.
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The first cases were reported in Mubende district, in the centre of the country, before the epidemic, confirmed by the authorities on 20 September, spread to the neighbouring districts of Kassanda, Kyegegwa and Kagadi.
According to the WHO, the first identified death in the outbreak (and the first person to die from the disease in Uganda since 2019) was from a “relatively rare” strain of Ebola virus, known as Sudanese, which had not been reported in the Great Lakes country since 2012.