Sudan’s strain of Ebola variant confirmed in Uganda

Sudan’s strain of Ebola variant confirmed in Uganda
The national ministry of health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday conducted a training programme for responding to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Morobo and Yei River counties in Central Equatoria State. [File Photo]

The government of Uganda has confirmed a positive case of the Ebola outbreak.

The health authorities in Kampala said Tuesday that one person died of a relatively rare Sudan strain.

“We want to inform the country that we have an outbreak of Ebola,” Diana Atwine, a permanent secretary, Ministry of Health was quoted by Reuters.

The Ugandan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a 24-year-old man from central Mubende District died of symptoms similar to those exhibited by an Ebola patient.

Atwine told a press conference Tuesday that the patient, who was being treated for malaria, had complained of having a high fever, diarrhoea and abdominal pains and was vomiting blood.

“Uganda is no stranger to effective Ebola control. Thanks to its expertise, action has been taken quickly to detect the virus and we can bank on this knowledge to halt the spread of infections,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa’s regional director said in a statement.

WHO – Africa confirmed that there are eight active cases so far reported in Uganda, adding that they are “helping Uganda’s health authorities with their investigation and deploying staff to the affected area.”

The WHO added that there had been seven previous cases of the Ebola Sudan strain; four in Uganda and three in Sudan.

Uganda last reported an outbreak of the Ebola Sudan strain in 2012 and an outbreak of the Ebola Zaire strain in 2019, added Reuters.

Uganda shares a border with South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, DR Congo, and Tanzania.