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Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 15, 2012 Last Updated: November 16, 2012
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A picture taken on July 28, 2012 shows officials from the World Health Organization wearing protective gear as they prepare to enter Kagadi Hospital in Uganda's western Kibale district. At the time, seven people were suspected of having Ebola at the hospital. (Isaac Kasamni/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on July 28, 2012 shows officials from the World Health Organization wearing protective gear as they prepare to enter Kagadi Hospital in Uganda's western Kibale district. At the time, seven people were suspected of having Ebola at the hospital. (Isaac Kasamni/AFP/Getty Images)

The Uganda Ministry of Health confirmed Thursday a new outbreak of the Ebola virus, with at least three people having died earlier this week.

This is the second outbreak of Ebola in Uganda this year.

“With the increasing epidemic outbreaks and their frequencies, we are further constrained. … The costs to manage this outbreak cause a distortion. … We had not planned for it,” Dennis Lwamafa, the head of the Ministry of Health’s services, told the United Nations IRIN.

Lwamafa said that another Ebola outbreak would cause a serious human and financial burden.

“Our resources have been strained since July. We need additional resources to handle the current outbreak. What we have at hand is not enough,” he said.

The three people who died on Nov. 12 were all members of the same family and lived in Luwero, located around 30 miles from the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Another five people are suspected to have come in contact with those who died and likely contracted the hemorrhagic fever.

The Daily Monitor newspaper reported Thursday that a man died after showing symptoms of Ebola in Koboko.

“The patient came with hemorrhagic fever and it is unfortunate that he died. The blood samples have been sent to Entebbe to confirm whether he died of Ebola or Marburg,” the district health officer, Alfred Driwale, told the paper.

At the same time, Uganda is trying to contain an outbreak of Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola that has killed eight people in the southwestern portion of the country, according to IRIN.

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