Uganda announced on Wednesday that a months-long Ebola outbreak in the region west of the capital Kampala has ended. According to Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, the spread of the disease has been brought under control.
In September, the epidemic resurfaced in the African country. This is a variant first seen in Sudan, for which there is no vaccine yet.
In November, Uganda imposed a lockdown to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. No new infections have been reported for 42 consecutive days.
According to official figures, 143 people have been infected in Uganda. 55 of them died as a result of the infection, including 6 medical workers who were infected while caring for others.
This is the eighth Ebola outbreak in Uganda since 2000. The disease continues to recur in other African countries. In August 2021, he reappeared in Ivory Coast for the first time in 25 years.
WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Uganda for fighting the virus. “Uganda has shown that Ebola can be defeated if the entire system works together, from health to citizens helping each other.”
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