Uganda says 9 more Ebola cases confirmed in Kampala, urges vigilance


Uganda has reported nine more cases of Ebola in the capital Kampala, bringing the total number of known infections to 14 in the past two days, the health minister said on Monday.

The outbreak began in September in a rural area of ​​central Uganda. It was spread earlier this month to Kampala, a city of more than 1.6 million people, by a man who came from Kassanda district for treatment and later died.

Seven of the nine people who tested positive on Sunday are family members of the deceased man and are from the Kampala neighborhood of Masanafu, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said in a tweet.

Another is a health worker who treated the man and his wife at a private clinic, she said.

“Dear Ugandans, let us be vigilant. Please report if you have had contact or if you know someone who has had contact,” Aceng said in his tweet.

Health ministry spokesman Emmanuel Ainebyoona said all patients in Kampala were isolated when they became symptomatic, reducing any risk of them transmitting the virus.

No proven vaccine for this strain of Ebola

Ebola is spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids.

There have been more than 90 confirmed and probable cases in Uganda since the start of the outbreak, including at least 44 deaths, according to statements from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.

The virus circulating in Uganda is the Sudanese strain of Ebola, for which there is no proven vaccine, unlike the more common Zairian strain that has spread in recent outbreaks in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola typically kills around half of the people it infects. Its symptoms include intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea.