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Ebola outbreak claims two in Luweero District

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By Agatha Ayebazibwe and Dan Wandera

Posted  Wednesday, November 14  2012 at  13:52
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Two people have died of Ebola in a fresh outbreak in Luweero District, while two other deaths in the same district are suspected to have been caused by the Ebola virus, just one month after the country was declared Ebola-free, health officials said Wednesday.

Luweero District Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Okware said blood samples of the deceased that were tested at the Central Public Health Laboratory confirmed that the two had died of Ebola haemorrhagic fever of the Sudan strain.

Rehema Najjemba and Gladys Namakula both members of the same family in Sombwe Parish, Nyimbwa Sub County, Luwere District died on the weekend.

“Other two people also died mysteriously, but the tests done were those of Marburg fever and the results were negative for Marburg,” Dr Okware said adding that the ministry had dispatched another team of experts to the affected area to carry out more investigations.

However, Dr Asuman Lukwago, the health ministry permanent secretary said they were treating the reported outbreak as an extension of haemorrhagic fevers that could be caused by either Ebola from Kibaale or Marburg from Kabale, Ibanda and Kabalore districts that have been under surveillance following recent outbreaks.

This comes at a time when country is still experiencing Marburg fever outbreak in several areas of western Uganda after Ebola was contained in Kibaale District. It claimed at least 20 people.

On October 4, the Ministry of Health declared Uganda Ebola-free following recommendations by the World Health Organisation.

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