Uganda: 11 deaths between suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola

The Ugandan Ministry of Health considers a “probable case” any person who died of suspected EVD (Ebola) and had an epidemiological link to a confirmed case but has not been tested and has not been laboratory confirmed. The ministry considers “confirmed cases” for those with positive laboratory results.

About 25 patients were admitted to a health facility in the Mubende district of the East African country where the Ebola outbreak was detected, the ministry said, also stating that six of the cases had been confirmed infected while 19 were suspected of having the virus.

One child dies when 11 other suspected Ebola cases have been identified in Uganda

Providing more details on the spread, the ministry said a total of 58 contacts of the confirmed cases were traced.

Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak on Tuesday after a case of the rare Sudan strain was detected in the country. The patient, now deceased, was a 24-year-old man from the Mubende district.

One of the likely Ebola-related victims was a 1-year-old baby, health authorities said in a previous statement.

Uganda has experienced four Ebola outbreaks. The deadliest left over 200 deaths in 2000.
According to the WHO, vaccination against the rare Sudanese strain has not been tested for efficacy. However, the Ervebo vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV) has been shown to be effective in protecting against the Zaire variant of the Ebola virus.
Uganda borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is experiencing a resurgence of Ebola this year following the epidemics.