KAMPALA, Uganda – Ugandan health authorities announced on Tuesday that a man who died a day earlier had tested positive for the Ebola virus.
They said in a statement that it is not yet known how the man contracted Ebola. He lives in the town of Mubende, in central Uganda, about 150 km (93 mi) west of the capital Kampala.
Six other people in the same area died earlier in September after contracting “a strange illness”, the statement said.
Ebola, which is spread by contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids or contaminated material, manifests as a deadly hemorrhagic fever. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.
Uganda has had several Ebola outbreaks, including one in 2000 that killed hundreds.