Uganda confirma caso fatal de ébola

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Ugandan health officials said on Tuesday that a man who died the day before had tested positive for Ebola.

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He said it was still unknown how the 24-year-old got infected. He lived in the central district of Mudebane, 150 kilometers (93 mi) west of the capital Kampala.

“Right now we are gathering more information about the possible source of infection,” the health ministry said, citing a possible new outbreak, as six people in the area – including three children – died in the past month. He called a strange disease.

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According to the statement, the man who died of Ebola was initially treated for other ailments, including malaria and pneumonia, when he sought medical attention in his village. The World Health Organization separately reported that eight suspected Ebola patients were being treated in the African country of 45 million people.

“Uganda is no stranger to effective Ebola control. Thanks to their experience, rapid action has been taken to detect the virus and we can rely on their wisdom to stop the spread of infection,” said Africa’s WHO Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said.

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He said the WHO is helping Ugandan health officials with the investigation and has deployed staff to the region.

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Ebola, which is spread through contact with bodily fluids from an infected person or contaminated material, manifests itself as fatal hemorrhagic fever. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.

There have been several Ebola outbreaks in Uganda, including one in 2000 that killed hundreds.

Last month, officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said a new case in the eastern city of Beni was linked to an earlier outbreak.

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The 10th Ebola outbreak in the Congolese provinces of North Kivu and Ituri killed more than 2,000 people between 2018 and 2020. During that time, neighboring Uganda reported few cases, which officials said were linked to a cross-border outbreak.


Source: www.latimes.com

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