Four Ebola cases have been confirmed in Uganda in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 11, according to a September 23 statement from the country’s health ministry.
KAMPALA, UGANDA | NOW THEN DIGITAL — Uganda has reported four additional Ebola confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 11, the country’s health ministry announced on Friday.
- According to the country’s health ministry, four more confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in Uganda within the last 24 hours, bringing the overall to 11, according to a statement dated Friday.
- “Probable cases” in Uganda are defined as those who died from suspected EVD (ebola) but were not tested or had no lab confirmation.
- After a rare Sudan strain of Ebola was detected in Uganda on Tuesday, the country declared an outbreak of the disease. The victim, now deceased, was a 24-year-old man from the Mubende district. Authorities said earlier that one of the probable casualties of Ebola was a 1-year-old child.
- WHO says that vaccines against the rare Sudan strain have not been tested for effectiveness. However, Ervebo (rVSV-ZEBOV) vaccines are effective in protecting against the Zaire strain.
As defined by the Ministry of Health in Uganda, “probable cases” are those who died from suspected Ebola (EVD) and had an epidemiological link to confirmed cases but were not tested or had no lab confirmation.
Additionally, the Uganda health ministry considers positive laboratory results to be “confirmed cases.”
A tweet shared by the Health Ministry indicated that about 25 people are being admitted to a health facility in Mubende district, Uganda where the outbreak of Ebola was detected. The ministry also stated that six cases had been confirmed to be infected, while 19 were suspected to be infected.
As part of its investigation into the spread of the disease, the ministry reported that 58 contacts of the confirmed cases had been identified.
On Tuesday, Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola after detecting an Ebola case of the Sudan strain. A 24-year-old man in the Mubende district died after contracting the disease. In an earlier statement, health authorities said one of the probable casualties was a 1-year-old child.
WHO states that vaccination against the rare Sudan strain has not been proven to be effective. However, the Ervebo (rVSV-ZEBOV) vaccine has shown efficacy against the Zaire version of the virus.
There have been four outbreaks of Ebola in Uganda. In 2000, the deadliest outbreak left over 200 people dead. Uganda borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is experiencing a resurgence of Ebola after several outbreaks this year.
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