Health Minister: Ebola cases reducing in Uganda
recorded a drop in the number of new Ebola cases, with some districts going for
at least two weeks without registering new infections, health ministry
development is a major sign the East African country is having a measure of
success in efforts to combat its latest outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic
fever disease more than two months after it was declared.
Uganda's Mubende district was where the outbreak was originally declared on 20
another district, Kassanda, are considered to be the epicentres for the
disease's spread. Movement in and out of them has been restricted.
seeing a downward trend in the number of cases," Health Minister Jane Ruth
Aceng said on the local NTV news service late on Wednesday, citing the absence
of new cases in the two districts over many days.
She said: We
are also not seeing new cases in Kampala, in the greater Kampala metropolitan
area, neither are we seeing cases in Masaka and Jinja.
for the health ministry, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, said on Thursday that Mubende had
gone for at least 16 days without a new case and that Kampala, the capital, had
not recorded new infections for at least two weeks.
circulating in Uganda is the Sudan strain of Ebola, for which there is no
proven vaccine, unlike the more common Zaire strain, which spread during recent
outbreaks in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
candidate vaccines against the Sudan strain are planned for a clinical trial in
Health Organization and aid groups are also providing Uganda with assistance to
cope with the outbreak.
The country has so far recorded 141 cases and 55 deaths, according to the health ministry.