Ebola outbreak declared in Uganda, 1 dead
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The Ebola outbreak The announcement came after health officials in Uganda confirmed a case of the relatively rare Sudan strain, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
A 24-year-old man developed symptoms and later died in Uganda’s central Mobende district.
Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine said the patient with the confirmed case had a high fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain and was vomiting blood. He was initially treated for malaria.
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Eight suspected cases are currently being cared for at the health facility, WHO’s Africa office said in a statement, adding that it was providing support. Ugandan health authorities With their investigation and deployment of personnel in the affected area.
The WHO said there have been seven previous outbreaks of Ebola in Sudan, four in Uganda and three in Sudan.
It said Uganda last reported outbreaks of the Ebola Sudan strain in 2012 and the Ebola Zaire strain in 2019.
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Ring vaccination of high-risk individuals with this, WHO said Eriobo vaccine Recent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere have been highly effective in controlling the spread of Ebola, but the vaccine was only approved to protect against the Zaire strain.
Another vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N may be effective but has yet to be tested specifically against the Sudan strain, it added.
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