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No Ebola Outbreak in Mbarara- Health Ministry Confirms

No Ebola Outbreak in Mbarara- Health Ministry Confirms
Photo: Unknown 2019-06-18T21:04:40Z

The ministry of health has rubbished reports that an Ebola case has been reported at the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.
In a statement released this afternoon, the ministry says it does not have any patient admitted in the ETU in Mbarara at the moment. 


According to the statement, Uganda has not registered any new confirmed Ebola case in Kasese District or any other part of Uganda since the last registered case four days ago. 


There are 2 new suspect cases that are under isolation at Bwera ETU. Blood samples were withdrawn from the suspect cases and sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for testing and results are pending. 


Currently, 92 contacts to the confirmed Ebola cases in Kagando and Bwera are being followed up daily. Ring vaccination of contacts of the confirmed Ebola cases, as well as non-vaccinated frontline health and other workers, commenced on Saturday 15th June 2019. As of Monday 17th June, a total of 128 contacts and non-vaccinated Frontline and health have been vaccinated. 


There are 3 total confirmed cases of Ebola who include; 5 year index case from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), his 50 year old grandmother both who passed on at Bwera ETU and the 3 year old boy, brother to the index case who tested positive for Ebola and was under isolation at Bwera ETU passed on in DRC.


 Meanwhile, on Monday 17th June, the World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held bilateral talks with the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, to discuss potential interventions to end the Ebola outbreak both in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in Kasese District. Dr. Tedros arrived in Uganda on Sunday,16th June 2019, after visiting
 

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