VIDEO: Latest on Ebola outbreak in Uganda


In the video below, Dr. Henry Kyobe Bbosa from Uganda’s health ministry speaks at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa virtual press briefing on Ebola. He confirms the number of cases in the country as being seven, adding that much of the infrastructure that was used for COVID is being “quickly” repurposed for Ebola.

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On Tuesday this week, Uganda confirmed an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the central district of Mubende.

The first confirmed case, a 24-year-old male resident of Ngabano village in Madudu sub-county, presented with EVD symptoms and later succumbed to the disease, according to the health ministry.

The ministry said the clinical team took samples from the patient for testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, and the results later confirmed that the patient was positive for the Ebola-Sudan strain.

Following the development, the health ministry and partners dispatched a rapid response team to Mubende to support the teams in surveillance, contact tracing, and case management. 

Meanwhile, the public was urged to remain vigilant and calm.

Related: ‘Uganda has capacity to fend off Ebola’

The health ministry later published information sensitising the public on the Ebola virus, and urging people to report to the nearest health facility or call the ministry’s toll free line (0800-100-066) in case one presents with Ebola signs and symptoms.

The signs and symptoms include: fever, vomiting, headache, bloody diarrhoea or urine, body weakness, sore throat, muscle pain and bleeding from body openings.

There are different ways Ebola can spread:

– Through open wounds on the skin
– Touching sick or dead animals
– Touching a person infected with Ebola
– Touching the vomit of an infected person
– Touching the faeces or urine of an infected person
– Having sexual intercourse with an infected person
– Sharing utensils and food with an infected person
– Touching the bedding of an infected person
– Touching the clothes of an infected person

Related: Uganda on high alert as DRC reports Ebola case

Ebola is deadly but preventable. Here is how you can prevent infection:

– Regularly wash your hands with soap and water
– Keep latrines/toilets and door handles clean
– Regularly wash all utensils and clothes


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Publish date : 2022-09-22 17:11:56

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