Ebola striking Uganda again, suspected patient isolated in Gulu District

Ebola striking Uganda again, suspected patient isolated in Gulu District
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Ebola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, a viral illness transmitted to people from wild animals and on average kills half of those infected could have reentered Uganda.

The first case has been reported at St Mary’s Hospital Lacor in the northern Gulu District where a female patient who began bleeding through body openings has been taken into isolation.

The suspected Ebola patient is West Nile’s Adjumani District, close to Democratic Republic of Congo, where citizens from either country crisscrossing the porous border for business or to check on relatives.

Dr Emmanuel Ochola, an epidemiologist at the hospital, said the woman checked in at the facility last week.

After the Gulu female patient was booked into isolation, doctors extracted samples which they sent for analysis at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe last Saturday. Dr Felix Ochom, a WHO staff in the Emergency and Preparedness Unit at the Uganda office in Kampala said the results are expected out today.

 

 

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