Uganda: Government denies rumor about Ebola

The Ugandan government has denied the rumour of the Ebola virus in its territory after the death of a man with a high fever admitted to a Western hospital.

The Ugandan Ministry of Health has denied information relayed by social media about the presence of the Ebola virus in the territory, which continues to frighten the population.

It all started after the death of a 35-year-old man admitted to the Kakumiro Hospital in western Uganda, who had a high fever and vomiting before he gave up.

The Minister of Health wanted to be clear, stating that the patient was suffering from Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever and not Ebola.

Samples were taken from the body of the deceased and sent to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) while relatives including his pregnant wife and four other people were immediately quarantined and placed under surveillance.

The Ebola epidemic currently taking place in Mbandaka in northwestern DRC has already killed 27 people out of 58 cases, of which 35 confirmed.

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