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Uganda is now Ebola free

Uganda has been declared Ebola-free. The announcement was made by Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary in the Ugandan Ministry of Health.

Dr Atwine shared the news on her Twitter account saying that as of 30th November there were no Ebola cases.

“As of now, we have no Ebola patient admitted to our ETU. I can confidently say we have defeated Ebola. Thank you all who believed in the capacity Uganda has and worked with us to not only protect our citizens but our neighbours.”

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In September, Uganda recorded its first case of Ebola in Mubende District, Uganda.

The confirmed case was a 24-year-old male a resident of Ngabano village of Madudu Sub County in the district presented with EVD symptoms and later succumbed.

After the disease claimed 19 lives, President Yoweri Museveni, 78, imposed a three-week lockdown in Mubende and Kasanda districts, in a bid to curb the spread of Ebola.

In October, Uganda registered 60 cases with President Museveni saying, “There will be a curfew in Mubende and Kasanda districts starting from 7 pm to 6 am. Public, private transport and boda bodas are not permitted to move in the two districts to curb Ebola.”

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The Head of State also clarified that people are allowed to move within and outside the districts after police clearance.

“Any cargo shall be dropped in these places during the day, not beyond 5 pm. If someone does so, he or she stays there for 21 days.”

He added, “Anyone who sleeps in the Mubende and Kasanda shall remain there for 21 days. All seasonal markets are suspended. The mines in the two districts shall remain open.”

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Ebola is a haemorrhagic fever whose symptoms include intense body weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea and rashes among others.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines and non-human primates) and then spreads in the human population through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.

People who are infected do not become contagious until symptoms appear, which is after an incubation period of between two and 21 days.

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