Uganda declares an Ebola outbreak following one fatality

Uganda: The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that Uganda had declared an Ebola outbreak after a case of a relatively uncommon Sudan strain was confirmed there.

According to a statement by the WHO's Africa office, the sample of a 24-year-old man from the country's Mubende district was tested and confirmed as the case.

This month Ugandan health officials investigated six suspected deaths in the district. According to the country's health ministry, the 24-year-old patient died after showing symptoms.

Eight suspected cases are currently being treated at a medical facility, according to WHO Africa, which also said it was assisting Ugandan health officials with investigations and sending staff to the affected area.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's regional director for Africa, said this is the first time in more than ten years that Uganda is recording Ebola Sudan tensions. "We are collaborating closely with national health officials to look into the origins of the outbreak."

The WHO said that Uganda last reported an Ebola outbreak in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which helped contain the virus in the East African country at the time, reported that at least 17 of the 24 cases had died. That outbreak.

The WHO reports that there have been four Ebola outbreaks in Uganda, with the deadliest occurring in 2000 and killing more than 200 people.

Uganda shares a border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an outbreak of Ebola earlier this year has led to a resurgence of the disease.

The most recent outbreak in Uganda occurred in 2019 when the Zaire Ebola strain was confirmed, resulting in the death of a 9-year-old Congolese girl close to the DRC border.

WHO says vaccination against the Zaire strain has been approved, but vaccination against the Sudan strain has not been tested.

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