outbreak Ebola in Uganda ‘evolving rapidly’ A month after the disease was registered in the East African country, a senior official of the World Health Organization warned Thursday, describing the precarious situation for health workers.
“The The Ugandan Ministry of Health has shown remarkable resilience and effectivenessDr Matshidiso Moeti, the UN health agency’s regional director for Africa, told reporters, adding that the Ugandan government is “constantly adjusting its response to the difficult situation.”
Even though the outbreak has progressed, he said, “a better understanding of the chains of infection is helping those on the front lines to respond more effectively.”
Uganda declared The outbreak of the Ebola virus occurred on September 20, several days after the infectious disease began to spread in a rural farming community. Since then, the Ebola virus has infected 64 people and killed 24, although the official figures do not include people who likely died of Ebola before the outbreak was confirmed.
At least three of the confirmed patients have traveled from the outbreak area in central Uganda to the capital, Kampala, about 150 kilometers away, according to Moeti.
fear it Ebola can spread far from the epicenter of the outbreak, prompting authorities to impose a lockdownincluding a night-time curfew, in two of the five counties that have reported cases.
“The The numbers we are seeing represent the risk of spread within the country and its neighboursDr. Ahmed Ogwill, acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a separate briefing on Thursday.
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