At least one person has died of Ebola in Uganda. The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that the virus had been detected in the Mubende district – about 170 kilometers west of the capital Kampala. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the confirmed case in the East African country was preceded by several suspected cases.
Since the beginning of the month, six people in the region with typical Ebola symptoms have been taken to hospitals and have died.
Eight other suspected cases are currently under investigation.
Extremely aggressive variant
The deceased is a 24-year-old from the region. According to the WHO, the relatively rare Sudan Ebola virus, one of the most aggressive variants next to the Zaire Ebola virus, has been found.
According to Matshidiso Moeti, director of the WHO Africa, it is the first time in ten years that the Sudanese variant has been discovered in Uganda. Moeti announced that he wanted to support Uganda with help. Just last month, Congo, Uganda’s neighbor, reported another Ebola outbreak.