Deadly Ebola kills about 14 people in Uganda's Kibaale districtListen /
An outbreak of the deadly and highly contagious Ebola haemorrhagic fever has claimed the lives of 14 people in Uganda, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Ugandan Ministry of Health has reported 20 cases of Ebola since the beginning of July in Kibaale district northwest of the capital, Kampala.
According to WHO, Ebola is characterised by fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, often followed by vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases internal and external bleeding.
WHO spokesperson, Gregory Hartl says Ugandan authorities have embarked on a campaign to sensitize the public about changing some of their practices to prevent the spread of Ebola.
"One of these practices is traditional funeral and burial techniques for example. The Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person's bodily fluid, any of the bodily fluids. Ebola is so infectious that even if you touch an infected person's skin you can be infected. So there needs to be precaution taken in that point of view."
A team of experts from the Ugandan Ministry of Health, WHO and the United States' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, is in Kibaale to support the response operations.