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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Deadly Ebola breaks out in Uganda, kills one, 30 monitored

Article from Xinhua, Ebola outbreak in Uganda, excerpt :

" KAMPALA, May 14 : The deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever has broken out in Uganda, killing one person and leaving over 30 others being monitored by health officials, ministry of health announced here on Saturday.

The epicenter of the outbreak is in the central Ugandan district of Luwero located about 50 km north of the capital Kampala.

According to Anthony Mbonye, head of the community health department at the ministry of health, a 12 year old girl in Zirombwe Sub-county developed symptoms of Ebola and when she was admitted at a military hospital in the district, laboratory test confirmed that it was Ebola.

The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.

The girl died on May 6 and about 30 people who she got contact with are being asked to not get into contact with the public as health officials monitor them for about 21 days.

The 30 people have not yet developed the symptoms but if they do, they will be isolated from the public.

Mbonye said that preliminary investigations have showed that this Ebola virus is similar to the one that broke out in Sudan, thus named Sudan Ebola.

The epicenter of the outbreak is also located along the high way to southern Sudan."

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