17 November 2012 - The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Uganda has notified WHO of an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Luweero district in Central Uganda.
Four cases, including 3 fatal, have been reported. Samples
were taken from two cases, for which laboratory confirmation of Ebola
virus (species Sudan) was made by PCR and serology tests at the Uganda
Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe.
The Ministry of Health, WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
have sent a team to conduct preliminary investigation into the
outbreak. Health authorities are conducting active case search and
tracing close contacts of the confirmed and probable cases.
The isolation facility at Mulago hospital in Kampala is
reactivated and another isolation facility at Nyimbwa Health Center IV
at the epicenter is being established. The military hospital in Bombo,
Luweero district is also serving a holding center until the isolation
facility is properly set up at the Nyimbwa Health Center IV. Seven close
contacts of the cases have developed symptoms and are being isolated in
the isolation facilities.
WHO and partners, including the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), the Uganda Red Cross (URCS), African Field
Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and Médecins-Sans-Frontières (MSF) are
supporting the authorities in the response activities. Experts in the
area of field epidemiology, health promotion, logistics management, and
infection prevention and control are being identified to provide
additional support through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response
With respect to this event, WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restriction be applied to Uganda.