News ID: 255362
Published: 1138 GMT July 06, 2019

Uganda contains Ebola outbreak

Uganda contains Ebola outbreak

Uganda has contained the Ebola outbreak in the western district of Kasese, the country's Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement.

All the people who got in contact with the confirmed cases completed the mandatory 21 days of follow-up without developing any signs or symptoms of the disease, said the statement, Xinhua reported.

"Currently there are no people under follow-up, which means Ebola transmission in Kasese district has been effectively interrupted by the country's disease response mechanism," the statement said.

According to the statement, the ministry has strengthened its efforts to detect any intrusion of the Ebola virus into the country.

"Given the escalating number of confirmed cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda remains on high alert. All travelers are advised to observe all the Ebola prevention measures as advised by health authorities," the joint statement said.

The Ebola outbreak in Uganda was confirmed on June 11 after a five-year-old boy, who returned from his visit to the neighboring DRC, tested positive for the disease.

Since the outbreak, there have been three confirmed cases including the index case. All the three died.

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