Uganda Confirms New Cases Of Ebola Virus

The Ugandan Government revealed that there are a total of 90 confirmed cases across the country and the Case Fatality Ratio among confirmed cases remains at 31 per cent.

There have been 19 newly recorded cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) confirmed across Uganda. 14 cases in Kampala, the capital city, two in Mubende and three in Kassanda, health authorities say.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Sudan Ebolavirus disease following a case which was contained at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) in Mubende district and confirmed through testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

The ministry says this is the first time in more than a decade that the country is reporting an outbreak of the disease which has been followed by an investigation by the National Rapid Response Team.

The Ugandan Government said in a report published at 10 p.m. (WAT) on Oct 23 that there had been “zero confirmed deaths” reported in the preceding 24 hours. In another report published at 5 a.m. (WAT) on Oct 24, confirmed that no further deaths had been reported. The Case Fatality Ratio among confirmed cases remains at 31 per cent as the death toll remains at 28 since the outbreak was declared.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the average EVD case fatality rate is around 50 per cent with case fatality rates having varied from 25 percent to 90 percent in past outbreaks.

Two healthcare workers are among those infected in Kampala and contacts are being followed up in nine districts of the country.

The first EVD case was confirmed in 1976 in two outbreaks, one in South Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014, West Africa recorded what is known as the largest Ebola outbreak since it was discovered.

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