Ebola outbreak in Uganda ending: WHO

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The outbreak of the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever in western Uganda is coming to an end, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization says there have been no new confirmed cases of the disease over the past one month. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Kibaale district of western Uganda was first reported in late July. The disease has so far claimed 17 lives.

The World Health Organization says no new cases were reported during the month of August and all suspected and confirmed cases have been followed up daily and have completed the recommended 21 days of monitoring for any possible signs and symptoms of Ebola.

The organization says it was handing over the management of the outbreak to national and district health authorities in Uganda, but is calling for enhanced surveillance and response.

WHO says the Ebola outbreak in western Uganda is not linked to an on going outbreak in the Oriental province of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has to date claimed 11 lives.

The Ebola virus causes sever hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in humans with a case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.

There is no treatment or vaccine available for either humans or animals.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio.



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