Ebola kills doctor in Uganda, first health worker killed in latest outbreak


KAMPALA — A Tanzanian doctor working in Uganda has died after contracting Ebola. Uganda’s health minister said on Saturday he was the first health worker to die from the disease in the country’s latest outbreak.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Achen wrote on Twitter: “We are saddened by the loss of our first doctor, Dr. Muhammad Ali. He is a Tanzanian citizen, a 37-year-old male.” .

She said Ali tested positive for Ebola on September 26 and died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Fort Portal, a town about 300 kilometers (186 miles) west of the capital, Kampala.

Authorities in the East African country announced a deadly hemorrhagic fever outbreak on September 20, raising fears of a serious health crisis in the country of 45 million people.

Prior to Ali’s death, the health ministry said Friday that the disease had so far infected 35 people and killed seven.

Ali was one of six medical workers who contracted the disease, including a doctor, an anesthesiologist, and a medical student.

Ebola is spread primarily through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Symptoms of viral illness include severe weakness, muscle aches, headaches and sore throats, vomiting, diarrhea, and rashes.