Ebola Outbreak in Uganda Kills 13

Posted on July 28, 2012

Reuters reports that there is a an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Uganda. The World Health Organization (WHO) says efforts to contain the virus are already underway with WHO and CDC experts in the field.

20 people are suspected to have contracted Ebola and 13 have died so far in the outbreak. 18 of the suspects have been linked to a single family. The cases have been reported in the Kibaale district of Uganda, which is 100 miles west of the capital city of Kampala. The BBC reports that there is a suspected case at at Kampala's Mulago hospital.

The CDC says initial Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness. Other symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, red eyes, hiccups and internal and external bleeding.

Ebola outbreaks have a very high fatality rate. However, they have been stopped from spreading fairly quickly in the past using containment. Uganda's deadliest outbreak occurred in 2000 when there were 425 infected and 224 deaths. A list of past Ebola outbreaks can be found here.

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