Uganda’s Ministry of Health reported three deaths from Ebola, bringing the death toll to four in three days, as authorities said an Ebola epidemic was spreading in the center of the country.
“Three new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours,” the health ministry confirmed in a statement, all in Mubindi district, 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala.
Health authorities in the African country in the Great Lakes region announced Tuesday the death of a 24-year-old man from Ebola, the first since 2019.
Uganda has previously seen an outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands across Africa since its discovery in 1976 in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The last reported cases in the country date back to 2019 with at least five deaths, according to the World Health Organization, after “the virus was transmitted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is facing a major outbreak in its northeastern region.” “. .
When the virus broke out in 2000, 200 people died.
An Ebola case was also reported in August in the Congolese province of North Kivu, which borders Rwanda and Uganda, less than six weeks after the outbreak was declared in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Ebola virus often kills, but there are now vaccines and treatments for this hemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted to humans through infected animals.
Ebola causes high fever and, in the worst cases, incessant bleeding. The virus is transmitted through bodily fluids, and people who live with or care for infected people are most vulnerable to infection.