The Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda is over, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. The outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sudan lasted nearly four months.
According to the Minister of Health, the virus has been stopped through measures such as monitoring and contact tracing. “In these efforts, residents played a critical role. They understood the importance of doing what was necessary to end the outbreak,” she says.
According to the World Health Organization, a total of 164 cases have been reported, of which 142 have been confirmed. 55 patients died and 87 recovered.
“Uganda has shown that Ebola can be defeated if the whole system works, from an early warning system to finding patients, nursing them and their contacts,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
A country is declared Ebola-free if no new infection is detected for 42 days. This is twice the incubation time. The Ebola virus is transmitted through bodily fluids. Affected people may develop a high fever and severe bleeding.
There have been more outbreaks in Uganda. For example, the virus killed hundreds of people in 2000. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which borders Uganda, nearly 2,300 people died from the disease between 2018 and 2020.
Ebola is named after a river in the Congo where the disease was first detected in 1976.
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