The Ministry of Health also said that four more infections were confirmed in the past 24 hours in the outbreak detected in the Mubende district.
Health authorities in Uganda have confirmed the deaths of three more Ebola patients in the country, days after declaring an outbreak of an epidemic in a central district.
In a statement released on Friday, the Health Ministry said the total number of deaths from the outbreak – confirmed and suspected – was 11 people.
It also said the total number of confirmed cases is now 11 after adding four more confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The ministry added that 19 other people suspected of being infected with Ebola are being treated at a hospital.
UPDATE ON EBOLA VIRUS OUT OF RABREAK
Cumulative cases: 11
Cumulative number of deaths: 11
Active cases on admission: 25
– Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) September 23, 2022
Authorities announced an outbreak – believed to be caused by the Sudanese Ebola strain – in the Mubende district on Tuesday, announcing the death of a 24-year-old man. Mubende is about 130km (81 mi) from Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever that is often fatal. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it has a high mortality rate, up to 90% in some outbreaks.
Human transmission is through bodily fluids, with the main symptoms being fever, vomiting, bleeding, and diarrhea.
Outbreaks are difficult to contain, especially in urban environments. Infected people are not contagious until symptoms appear, which is after an incubation period of two to 21 days.
The WHO says the Sudan Ebola strain is less transmissible and has shown lower mortality rates in previous outbreaks than Ebola Zaire, which killed nearly 2,300 people during the 2018-20 outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Republic of China. neighboring Congo (DRC).
Currently, there is no licensed drug to prevent or treat Ebola, although a range of experimental drugs are under development and thousands of people have been vaccinated in the DRC and several neighboring countries.
The worst epidemic in West Africa from 2013 to 2016 killed more than 11,300 people.