The Ebola virus is back in Uganda: the disease had not killed since 2019

Ugandan health authorities announced on Tuesday the death of a 24-year-old man from the Ebola virus. This hadn’t happened since 2019.

The virus had not killed for 3 years in Uganda. The country is unfortunately facing a new epidemic of the terrible Ebola virus disease (EVD). A 24-year-old young man died in the center of the country, Mubende district, said the Minister of Health as reported by RFI. The person showed several symptoms of the disease before passing away.

Organize the response

This case comes from a rare strain from Sudan, which had not been reported in Uganda since 2012, said WHO Africa, which announced that it was deploying “a team and equipment to help in the investigations and the response”. The disease is also present in the neighboring country of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Ebola virus is a hemorrhagic fever that is transmitted to humans by infected animals. Human transmission then takes place through bodily fluids, with the main symptoms being fever, vomiting, bleeding, diarrhea.

The last Ebola epidemic in Uganda killed at least 5 people in 2019.