Death toll from Ebola rises to 16 in Uganda

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Health workers are often the unfortunate first victims of outbreaks like Ebola

Health experts continue their efforts to contain the outbreak of deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever which has killed 16 people in Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The agency says it has dispatched an epidemiologist and a logistician as well as 800 sets of personal protective equipment for health workers and those potentially in contact with infected persons.

WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic says the highly infectious disease, which emerged in early July, is only localized in the western part of Uganda.

"As of today we have 50 suspected cases and 16 deaths. So Since Tuesday we had a number of suspected cases that had been admitted in Kibaale District Hospital and in Kadami Hospital but only two deaths occurred since Tuesday. Regarding the lab analysis, five cases in total have been confirmed and three of those cases have died."

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Tarik Jasarevic says that the two people infected with Ebola are still in the isolation wards.

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