Ebola: Four new cases, three deaths

The Ministry of Health has confirmed four new cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), bringing the cumulative number of patients to eleven.

Emmanuel Ainebyonna, the MOH spokesperson in a statement released on Friday says in the last 24 hours, the ministry recorded new cases, and three deaths from the central district of Mubende.

He says of the deceased, that eight patients succumbed to the deadly virus in the community while three died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital.

Ainebyona told our reporter Rashidah Nakaayi that a total of 25 patients have been admitted at an isolation ward in the facility. A total of 58 contacts of the victims have been listed and are being followed up by the response team.

“There are 25 cases on admission, out of which six are confirmed while 19 are suspected. The Ministry of Health rapid response teams remain on ground to conduct contact tracing and follow up for all contacts to the confirmed cases,” the statement reads.

The Ministry has encouraged the general public to install hand-washing facilities at all public facilities to avoid further spread of the disease.

Ebola; Four new cases, three deaths

The Mubende district Ebola task force has since resolved to suspend activities at all leisure centres in the district as they make efforts to control the spread of ebola. The Minister for Health Jane Ruth Aceng is expected to meet with members of the district task force on Saturday.

On Tuesday, the MOH confirmed a Sudan Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Mubende after one person who tested positive.

The deceased was a 24 year old boda boda rider who was first admitted at a local clinic in Madudu sub county, before being referred to Mubende Regional Referral Hospital, from where he died.

Ebola presents with high body temperatures, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, unexplained bleeding, yellowing of the eyes.

It spreads through contact with the blood, stool or fluids of an infected person and objects that have been contaminated with body fluids from an infected person.

One can also contract the disease through contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals such as fruit bats and other wild animals.