Today, Uganda Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero made the following announcement: “35 days since the declaration of the outbreak. 109 have been confirmed with Ebola, of whom 30 succumbed, 34 treated and 45 are under treatment”.
Concerning the 14 confirmed cases in the capital city of Kampala, the World Health Organization notes: Kampala is the capital city of Uganda with an estimated population of 4 million inhabitants, with a density reaching 21,032 hab./km2. Therefore, if uncontrolled, the situation would become highly disastrous.
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Response interventions need to be rapidly put in place to control the disease. Fortunately, all cases identified there have been contacts of known SVD cases and had already been quarantined since their identification as contacts. Kampala is very close to an international airport and is not far from the shores of Lake Victoria, which forms part of the frontier with Kenya and Tanzania. Therefore, the risk of international spread of the disease is to be considered.
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