Uganda confirms another Ebola case, medics hunt for contacts

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Mityana, Uganda | URN | One person has tested positive for Ebola in Manyi sub county, Mityana district in the Central Region of Uganda.

The female patient fell sick hardly a week after the death of her mother inside a shrine, who was later buried in Madudu sub county, Mubende district. The patient’s child also died at Manyi health center which raised suspicion among the community members.

Dennis Mono, the district surveillance and Ebola focal point person confirmed the Ebola case. He said that the patient was evacuated from Mityana hospital on Monday 17, October 2022 and taken to Mubende Hospital. The health workers who attended to the patient and her child have been isolated.

Mono says that the district team with other health officials have embarked on tracing the patient’s contacts to curb the spread of the virus.

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The Resident District Commissioner Mityana, Afrikano Aharikundira says that they have activated all the task force teams from the village to the district level as well as Village Health Teams-VHTs.

On Saturday 15, October 2022 evening, President Museveni announced 21 days of lockdown in Mubende and Kassanda districts restricting movements in and out, as a measure to mitigate the spread of Ebola virus disease. Museveni directed that public transport, private transport, and boda-bodas are not permitted to move in Mubende and Kassanda districts.

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The restrictions also affected seasonal markets, worship places, and social places like bars and gyms while all burials shall be conducted by the safe burial teams.