Uganda free of Ebola, say officials

2011-06-17 13:05
Kampala - Ugandan health officials said on Friday that the country is now free of Ebola, after a national alert was declared on May 06 following the death of a 12-year old girl from the disease.

No other person has been declared infected since.

"Today, only one case has been confirmed. We have successfully managed to control the epidemic, recording no new cases due to our previous experience in handling the disease," deputy health minister, Dr Richard Nduhuura told reporters.

In 2000, at least 170 people died of Ebola in Uganda, with more than 400 infected. Ebola is a usually fatal viral hemorrhagic fever.

Seven years later the disease killed 21 in the west of the country.

Since then a national Ebola task force was set up to contain the spread of the disease.

Some 25 people who had been in contact with the dead girl were isolated and tested negative for Ebola.

Health officials said they have not established the source of the disease in the latest outbreak but added that investigations were still being carried out.

"We are investigating the source of the disease and we have carried out tests on many bats but we have found them to be negative," Miriam Nandujja, an advisor at the World Health Organisation offices in Kampala told the joint news conference.

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