Most of you remember when an Ebola outbreak occurred in the United States.
Images of Health professionals with PPE gear running into a compartment complex were a major world event back in 2014.
Thankfully only 14 people contracted the disease, but unfortunately, two of those 14 died.
When now it could all happen again…
An outbreak of Ebola has just been confirmed in Uganda.
According to Uganda’s Health Ministry, a 24-year-old man tested positive for contracting a new starting of the Ebola virus.
Uganda has declared a fresh Ebola outbreak after a 24-year-old man infected with the virus died.
The East African country last reported an outbreak of the strain in 2012.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 21, 2022
Reuters had more on the recent outbreak:
An outbreak of Ebola has been declared in Uganda after health authorities confirmed a case of the relatively rare Sudan strain, the health ministry and World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
A 24-year-old man in Uganda’s central Mubende district showed symptoms and later died.
“We want to inform the country that we have an outbreak of Ebola which we confirmed yesterday,” Diana Atwine, the health ministry’s permanent secretary, told a news conference.
She said the patient with the confirmed case had high fever, diarrhoea and abdominal pains and was vomiting blood. He had initially been treated for malaria.
There are currently eight suspected cases receiving care in a health facility, WHO’s Africa office said in a statement, adding that it was helping Uganda’s health authorities with their investigation and deploying staff to the affected area.
“Uganda is no stranger to effective Ebola control. Thanks to its expertise, action has been taken to quickly to detect the virus and we can bank on this knowledge to halt the spread of infections,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa’s regional director, said.
Uganda confirms an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Mubende District, Uganda.
The confirmed case is a 24 year old male a resident Ngabano village of Madudu Sub County in Mubende District presented with EVD symptoms and later succumbed. pic.twitter.com/36i9xyxdxm
— Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) September 20, 2022
CNN covered the story also:
Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case of the relatively rare Sudan strain was confirmed in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
The WHO’s Africa office said in a statement the case was confirmed after testing a sample from a 24-year-old man in the country’s Mubende district.
Ugandan health authorities investigated six suspicious deaths in the district this month. The country’s health ministry said the 24-year-old patient died after displaying symptoms.
“There are currently eight suspected cases who are receiving care in a health facility,” WHO Africa said, adding that it is helping Uganda’s health authorities with the investigation and deploying staff to the affected area.
“This is the first time in more than a decade that Uganda is recording the Ebola Sudan strain,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said. “We are working closely with the national health authorities to investigate the source of this outbreak.”
Ebola outbreak declared in Uganda, following 6 deaths from unknown causes.
Bad news: deaths imply significant spread & the Ebola vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV) isn’t approved for this type of Ebola (“Sudan” vs “Zaire”)
Good news: Uganda is darn prepared, the US should take notes.
— Amy Maxmen, PhD (@amymaxmen) September 20, 2022