WHO, officials say Uganda’s latest Ebola outbreak is over

Kampala, Uganda—The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in Uganda is over, the government and the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Health Minister Ruth Asen told journalists that no new cases had been registered in the past 42 days.

This outbreak was the first in a decade of a less common Sudanese strain for which there is no proven vaccine or treatment, unlike the Zaire strain that caused an outbreak in neighboring Congo in recent years.

Uganda has recorded 142 cases, including 56 deaths, since the outbreak was announced in September. Ebola, which can manifest as hemorrhagic fever, is spread by contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or contaminated materials.

According to WHO, this was the fifth outbreak of Sudan Ebola in Uganda.

Ugandan doctor
Health workers disinfect a tent used for suspected Ebola victims inside the Ebola isolation center at Madudu Health Center III, Madudu village, Mubende district, Uganda, November 1, 2022. . (Hajarah Nalwadda/AP Photo)
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