11 new cases reported – El Financiero


Ugandan authorities reported 11 new cases of Ebola In the capital since Friday, an alarming increase in injuries a month after it was announced An outbreak of the disease in a remote area of ​​East Africa.

Two people tested positive for Ebola on Friday, and nine more Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said on Sunday in the Kampala metropolitan area.

A WHO official in Africa said last week that the outbreak in Uganda “evolve rapidly” He described the complex situation of health workers.

Health authorities confirmed 75 cases of Ebola Since September 20, including 28 deaths. There are 19 active cases.

Official numbers Do not include people who may have died of Ebola before After the outbreak of the disease was confirmed in a farming community about 150 kilometers west of Kampala.

Fear of the disease spreading from the epicenter of the outbreak led the authorities to impose a The closure is still in effectwith Night curfewin two of the five provinces with Ebola cases. These measures were taken after an injured man sought medical attention in Kampala and died in a hospital there.

The nine cases reported on Monday followed a similar pattern, all of whom had contact with an Ebola patient who had traveled from an endemic area and sought care at Kampala’s main general hospital, known as Mulago.

There is no proven vaccine for the Sudanese strain of Ebola circulating in Uganda.

The Ugandan authorities have documented this Over 1800 positive contacts747 of them had completed 21 days of surveillance for possible symptoms of the disease, which manifests itself as viral hemorrhagic fever, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tracing patient contacts is critical To stop the spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola.

How is Ebola spread?

Ebola is spread by Contact with body fluids of an infected person or with contaminant. Its symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and sometimes external and internal bleeding.

Scientists have not identified the natural reservoir of the virus, although it is suspected that the first victim of the Ebola outbreak became infected through contact with an infected animal or by eating its raw meat. Ugandan authorities continue to investigate the source of the current outbreak.

Uganda has experienced multiple outbreaks of Ebola, including one in 2000 that killed more than 200 people. 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa More than 11,000 people were killedwhich is the largest number of victims of the disease ever recorded.

Ebola It was discovered in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it was identified in a village near the Ebola River from which it was named.

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