An Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has been confirmed in Mubende District and so far one person has been confirmed dead.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), one person has been declared dead while six others are under isolation and monitoring.
The Ministry has revealed that the deceased was 24-year-old Ssembule Jackson, a resident of Ngabano village, Madudu Sub-County in Mubende District.
According to the MOH, a clinical team took samples off the deceased and results confirmed he was positive with Ebola.
“The clinical team took off samples for testing at UVRI. Results confirmed that the patient was positive for the Ebola-Sudan strain,” the statement read.
The Ministry also stated that it had dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Mubende District to support the teams on ground in surveillance, contact tracing, and case management.
Emmanuel Ainebyona, the Spokesperson of Ministry of Health advised the public to remain vigilant, avoid any unnecessary movements, wash hands with soap regularly and rush to the nearby health facility in case they detect any symptoms. Symptoms of EDV include; high fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, stomach pain, lack of appetite and, diarrhoea.
Ebola is a viral disease that spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal, like a monkey, chimp, or fruit bat. Then it moves from person to person the same way. Other ways to get Ebola include touching contaminated needles or surfaces.
Ainebyona confirmed that the ministry is doing all it takes to have the virus contained and ruled out of communities.