Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has announced an immediate three-week lockdown in two high-risk areas as the country battles with increase in Ebola cases.
All movement in and out of the Mubende and Kassanda districts will be halted, Museveni said in a televised address on Saturday – although freight trucks will be allowed in and out of the area.
A curfew will also be in place. Places of worship, bars, gyms, saunas and other entertainment venues will be closed but schools will remain open, he added.
“Given the severity of the problem and to prevent further spread and protect lives and livelihoods, the government is taking additional measures that require action by all of us,” Museveni said. ta.
The Uganda Ministry of Health will also strengthen contact tracing and support local health facilities.
Ebola is a rare but deadly disease. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids and is not transmitted by airborne viral particles.
It has no cure and no approved vaccine, although there is a concerted effort to create one.
Speaking at a press conference earlier this month, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the vaccines successfully used to contain the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo did not effective against the Ebola virus currently circulating in Uganda.
“However, several vaccines are in different stages of development against this virus, two of which could begin clinical trials in Uganda in the coming weeks, in the coming weeks,” said Tedros. pending regulatory and ethical approval from the Ugandan government.
Uganda has experienced four Ebola outbreaks. The most terrible caused more than 200 deaths in 2000.
Museveni declared an Ebola outbreak in September after a relatively rare case of the Sudan strain was confirmed and cases began to increase across the counties.
The latest outbreak to date has killed 29 people out of 63 recorded cases.
According to the CDC, a person infected with Ebola “is not contagious until symptoms appear (including fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal symptoms, and unexplained bleeding). core).”
According to the CDC, the virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids and is not transmitted by airborne viral particles.