Ugandan officials have reported 11 new cases of Ebola in the capital, Kampala, since Friday. This a “worrisome” increase in infections just over a month after an outbreak was declared in a remote part of the East African country.
Nine more people in the Kampala metropolitan area tested positive for Ebola on Sunday, and that is in addition to two others on Friday, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said Monday.
A top World Health Organization official in Africa said last week that Uganda’s Ebola outbreak was “rapidly evolving,” describing a challenging situation for health workers. Ugandan health authorities have confirmed 75 cases of Ebola since Sept. 20, including 28 deaths. There are 19 active cases, according to a report by ABC News.
Hemorrhagic fevers should be taken seriously, considering their high mortality rate.
On average, 50% of people who contract Ebola will die. Case fatality rates have varied between 25% to 90% in past outbreaks, and in the current outbreak, which began in 2018 in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the overall fatality rate was around 67%. –World Health Organization
Patients are currently being infected with the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus, for which there is no known cure. The mainstream media continues to lament that there is also no vaccine while promoting “contact tracing” and control of humans to slow and stop the spread.
The nine new cases reported on Monday follow a similar pattern as they all are contacts of an Ebola-infected patient who traveled from an Ebola hotspot and sought treatment at Kampala’s top public hospital, known as Mulago.
This is not the most severe Ebola outbreak either. Uganda has had multiple Ebola outbreaks, including one in 2000 that killed more than 200 people. The 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,000 people, the disease’s largest death toll. Other African nations also have Ebola outbreaks with more regularity than Western nations.