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Uganda said on Sunday that its number of Ebola cases had risen to 16, while another 18 people probably also had the disease, fueling fears of a spreading outbreak involving a yet-to-be-identified strain. ‘has found a vaccine.
In a tweet, the health ministry also said the death toll from confirmed cases remained at four, while 17 others classified as probable cases had also died. The outbreak had also now spread to three districts, all in central Uganda.
The east African country last week announced the outbreak of Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms include severe body weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea and rashes , others.
NEW EBOLA INFECTION IN EASTERN CONGO LINKED TO 2018 BOT DEVASTATION
The current outbreak, attributed to the Ebola Sudan strain, appears to have started in a small village in Mubende district in early September, according to authorities.
The first victim was a 24-year-old man who died earlier this week.
EASTERN CONGO TO START EBOLA VACCINATIONS AFTER NOTIFICATION OF NEW CASE
The World Health Organization says the Sudan strain of Ebola is less transmissible and has shown a lower death rate in previous outbreaks than Ebola Zaire, a strain that killed nearly 2,300 people in the outbreak of 2018-2020 in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.