Uganda recorded its first death from the Ebola virus since 2019, the Ministry of Health indicated on Tuesday, whichreported the presence of an outbreak in Mubende, in the center of the country.
“The confirmed case is a 24-year-old male,” who presented “symptoms” of the disease and later died, the ministry said on Twitter.
The case is due to an unusual strain from Sudan, and that it had not been observed in Uganda since 2012, specified the World Health Organization in Africa, which announced the deployment of a team “to assist in investigations and response”.
Uganda has suffered several Ebola epidemics in the past, the last one in 2019 with a death toll of five.
The Ebola virus is often deadly, although there are now vaccines and treatments for this hemorrhagic fever, which is spread to humans by infected animals.
Person-to-person transmission occurs through body fluids, and the main symptoms are fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a neighbor of Uganda, has known 14 Ebola epidemics, the last one between April and July 2022.
With information from AFP