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Ebola outbreak in Uganda

2012-07-28 14:34

Kampala - Ugandan health officials say the deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month.

The officials and a World Health Organisation representative told a news conference in Kampala Saturday that there is "an outbreak of Ebola" in Uganda.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, and in Uganda, where in 2000 the disease killed 224 people, it resurrects terrible memories.

Ebola, which manifests itself as a hemorrhagic fever, is highly infectious and kills quickly. It was first reported in 1976 in Congo and is named for the river where it was recognised, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scientists don't know the natural reservoir of the virus, but they suspect the first victim in an Ebola outbreak gets infected through contact with an infected animal.

Comments
  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-28 14:44

    This is horrifying! The results of this disease is tragic and so easily transmitted. I hope they manage to quarantine the infected fast.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-28 15:58

      Hope you get it farmanimal.

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-28 15:58

      Your god had nothing to do with it! We Africans and Ours is the Old Way, We still keep to the Old Gods

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-28 16:04

      Before God became a commodity

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-28 16:07

      Thato: Obviously your "old style" Gods dont like you guys very much?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-28 16:41

      So whats the problem in paying the family to get married??????

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-28 16:41

      Hee hee hee

  • jezza.kzn - 2012-07-28 15:11

    This is bad! As unfeeling as this sounds, the one good thing is this disease kills the hosts so quick the death toll usually remains relatively low. Worst of all, the clever folks have no idea where it comes from....

  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-07-28 17:56

    How on earth do you make fun of a deadly disease and then turn it into a racial matter. I had a nursing colleauge who contracted this disease from a patient and passed away, leaving behind a young family.Have compassion for those infected and the family left behind.

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