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Uganda’s Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Sudan Ebola Virus (SVD) on September 20 after a case was confirmed in Mubende district.

This is the first time in more than a decade that Uganda reported an outbreak of Sudan ebolavirus.

According to officials, it’s been 23 days since the last confirmed case was reported in Kassanda District. To date, 142 confirmed SVD cases with 55 confirmed deaths including 12 children and 7 health workers, as well as 87 recoveries, have been reported.

Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) among confirmed cases still stands 55/142 (39%).

Ebola infections have been confirmed in nine districts: Jinja, Masaka, Kampala, Wakiso, Kagadi, Mubende, Kyegegwa, Kassanda, and Bunyangabu.

On Saturday, the government lifted a two-month lockdown on two districts at the epicentre of the country’s Ebola epidemic–Mubende and Kassanda. The lockdown was imposed on October 15.

“The lifting of the restrictions is based on the fact that currently there is currently no transmission, no contact under follow-up, no patients in the isolation facilities, and we are progressing well”, officials said.

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Sudan virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans. Sudan virus was first reported in southern Sudan in June 1976, since then the virus has emerged periodically and up to now, seven outbreaks caused by SUDV have been reported, four in Uganda and three in Sudan. The estimated case fatality ratios of SVD have varied from 41% to 100% in past outbreaks.