Ugandan Ebola outbreak subsiding, but new outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Most, but not all, of the contacts of cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Kibaale outbreak in Uganda have completed the 21 day incubation period without becoming sick. To date, 24 probable and confirmed cases including 16 deaths have been reported in this outbreak with no new cases recently. Meanwhile, a new outbreak with a different strain of the virus has been reported in Isiro, in Oriental Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Of the 4 reported cases, 1 has died.

Any travellers in these areas should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals for deceased patients, close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or within hospitals through contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons.

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