Uganda: A one-year-old child dies when 11 other suspected cases of Ebola are identified


Uganda’s health ministry reported 11 other suspected Ebola cases identified in the country’s Mubende district as of Tuesday. Of these, the ministry recorded a probable Ebola-related death, a one-year-old baby, it said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Samples for the one-year-old baby and 10 suspected cases undergoing isolation are being tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, the ministry said.

So far, 11 suspected cases, one confirmed case and six cases considered probable have been identified on Tuesday night.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak after a case of the relatively rare Sudan strain was found in the country. That case was confirmed after testing a sample of a 24-year-old man in the Mubende district, who according to the ministry died after showing symptoms.

Ugandan health authorities investigated six suspicious deaths in the district this month.

According to the WHO, the country has experienced four Ebola outbreaks that have claimed the lives of over 200 people. The deadliest thing of 2000.

Uganda borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is experiencing a resurgence of Ebola this year following the epidemics.