“Uganda put a swift end to the Ebola outbreak by ramping up key control measures such as surveillance, contact tracing and infection, prevention and control,” the WHO statement quoted the Uganda Health Minister saying.
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The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Uganda’s Ebola epidemic over, closing the chapter on a deadly outbreak that lasted almost four months and killed dozens of people.
The Ebola outbreak had spread to nine central districts, including Uganda’s capital, Kampala, raising fears of spreading across the East African region. It was the worst Ebola outbreak in the region in more than two decades and the second-deadliest in the country’s history. The MoH confirmed 142 confirmed Ebola cases during the period. The virus snatched 55 lives, plus another 22 deaths are linked to the outbreak, according to the W.H.O. Even sadder, among the lost lives are 7 health workers.
The World Health Organization considers an epidemic over when there are no reports of confirmed or probable cases for 42 days, twice the incubation period for Ebola infections. Ugandans played this out like heroes; well done!
The declaration is a great win for the travel industry, removing fears of tourists contracting the virus while exploring the country’s unmatched leisure places and attractions like mountain gorilla trekking.
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