The Ministry of Health reports that the Ebola virus spread to the districts of Kyegegwa and Kassanda but not yet in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.
In its Sunday update, the ministry said 3 cases were registered in Kyegegwa and 1 case in Kassanda. This, the ministry said, takes the cumulative cases to 34 – 16 confirmed, 18 probable.
The ministry also said that the cumulative deaths are 21 with 4 confirmed and 17 probable.
The health ministry last Tuesday confirmed the unfortunate outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (Sudan variant) in Mubende district, central Uganda.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine said one person, a 24-year-old male, a resident of Ngabano village Madudu Sub County in Mubende District has far died.
On Saturday, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero, the health minister and a team from World Health Organisation (WHO) were in the Mubende district to meet District Task Force to bridge the gaps and strengthen the response interventions.
Uganda has had over five Ebola outbreaks in the last two decades, mostly along its western regions close to the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the ministry.
The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.
Mortality rates of Ebola fever, according to World Health Organization, are extremely high, with the human case fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent, depending on the viral sub-type.