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Zoonotic disease outbreaks

Experts blame bush meat hunting and consumption Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | On September 19th, the Ministry of Health declared an Ebola Sudan outbreak in Mubende district.  A sample taken from a 24-year-old man was identified as the relatively rare Sudan strain. It is the first time in more …

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Ebola Virus outbreak

‘We’re ready’ says Uganda COVER STORY | RONALD MUSOKE | Since Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the country on Sept.20, it has moved swiftly to achieve three main objectives; reducing its spread, minimising number of deaths, and ensuring it does not spread to neighbouring countries. According …

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VIRUS INSTITUTE: Sudan Ebola strain is milder

Kampala, Uganda | FLAVIA NASSAKA – URN |  The death rate from the newly confirmed outbreak of the Ebola Hemorrhagic fever in Mubende is likely to be low,  according to scientists at the Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI. Dr. Julius Lutwama who heads the Department of Arbovirology, Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious …

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Return of looted artefacts to Africa

Will full restitution of African tribal art ever be realized and if so, how prepared are African countries to receive such priceless treasures? Kampala,  Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | The conversation on the return of African art, popularly known as tribal artefacts by art scholars, has once again resurfaced in …

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Covid-19 response failed in Africa

Lancet report says `hidden pandemic’ kept infection figures low | ANDRE VAN WYK | The global response to the Covid-19 epidemic has been nothing short of a massive failure, according to a study by The Lancet; the world’s highest-impact general medical journal. The peer-reviewed journal explains that millions of deaths …

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