Ebola: Health to issue update today

Ebola patient/Photo: Perspective Monde

(Source: New vision)The Ministry of health is to update the country today (Thursday) about the Ebola outbreak.

Journalists are to be briefed at Bombo hospital where the first Ebola case was reported a fortnight ago.

The ministry officials are expected to give the latest update on how the scourge has been contained and to allay fear amongst the public that the virus could spread to other parts of the country.

Ministry officials yesterday said the Ebola outbreak in the country is under control. The head of the Ebola national task force, Dr. Anthony Mbonye, said there has been no confirmed case since May 6 when the index case was reported.

“The ministry assures the general public that the outbreak is under control as seen in the absence of new confirmed cases. The public is requested to report any suspected cases to the nearest health unit,” he said.

The ministry said that a total of 21 people have been tested at the Uganda Virus Institute in Entebbe and all prove negative. Mbonye said in a statement that experts were monitoring the 25 people who got in contact with the first victim.

“These contacts on Wednesday completed 18 days of follow up and have three more days to be declared Ebola free,” he said.

Yesterday, the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel warning advising US travellers to Uganda to take precaution following the outbreak.

“CDC advises that US citizens residing and travelling to Uganda should be aware of the disease situation and should take precautions,” the notice read.

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