Over the past 24 hours, Uganda has recorded four confirmed cases of Ebola, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 11, the country’s health ministry reported on Friday in a statement.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health considers a “probable case” to be any person who died of suspected EVD (Ebola) and had an epidemiological link to a confirmed case, but was not tested and did not have laboratory confirmation. The ministry considers “confirmed cases” for those with positive laboratory results.
About 25 patients are being admitted to a health facility in the east African country’s Mubende district, where the Ebola outbreak was discovered, the ministry said, while also stating that six of the cases had been confirmed to be infected, while 19 were suspected of having the virus . .
Giving more details on the spread, the ministry said a total of 58 contacts of the confirmed cases had been traced.
Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak on Tuesday after a case of the rare Sudan strain was detected in the country. The patient, who has now died, was a 24-year-old man in Mubende district.
One of the likely Ebola-related victims was a 1-year-old child, health officials said in an earlier statement.
Uganda has experienced four Ebola outbreaks. The deadliest left over 200 people died in 2000.
According to WHO, vaccination against the rare Sudan strain has not been tested for effectiveness. However, the Ervebo (rVSV-ZEBOV) vaccine 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 experiences a resurgence of Ebola after outbreaks this year.