The first Ebola death in Uganda since 2019 happened on Tuesday, and an outbreak was declared in the Mubende district of the country’s capital by the health ministry.
The ministry posted on Twitter, using the acronym for the Ebola virus disease, “The confirmed case is a 24-year-old male… (who) appeared with EVD symptoms and eventually succumbed.”
The World Health Organization said in a statement early on Tuesday that a 24-year-old man in Mubende had tested positive for “the very rare Sudan strain” of the virus.
Six mysterious deaths that happened in the district this month were the subject of an investigation by the National Rapid Response team, according to the WHO.
According to the WHO, eight further suspected cases were receiving treatment.
WHO Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti remarked, “This is the first time in more than ten years that Uganda is recording the Ebola Sudan strain.”
In order to immediately implement efficient control measures, we are collaborating closely with the national health authorities to look into the outbreak’s origin.
The WHO reported that the Sudan strain had already caused seven outbreaks, including four in Uganda and three in Sudan.
Uganda has previously experienced several Ebola outbreaks, the most recent of which occurred in 2019 and resulted in at least five fatalities. Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) share a porous border.
Less than six weeks after an epidemic in the nation’s northwest was deemed to be resolved, the DRC this month reported a new case in its violent east.