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Suspect Ebola fever in Luweero

By Aloysious Kasoma

The suspected deadly Ebola fever has been detected in Nyimbwa sub-county in Luweero district and two members of the same family have died.

This latest incidence happened in Sombwe Parish about 40km north of Kampala.  Joseph Okware, the Luwero District Health Officer Wednesday confirmed that the dead are members of the same family.

He said Gladys Namakula and Rehemah Najjemba of Kikyusa village died and were buried on 10th and 12th respectively.

Authorities said that the two are said to having got the virus from their brother who had been admitted to the hospital in October.

It is now about two months after the country was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Okware said the deceased blood samples were taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute and tested. He said that other members of the family have been admitted at Bombo Military Hospital.

He said that 40 other people who were in close contact with the deceased are being closely monitored by the surveillance team from WHO, and Ministry of Health among others.

Residents said one other family member identified only as Kabugo, a boda boda rider in Bombo town council died on November 7, after presenting with symptoms of Ebola like vomiting, high fever, vomiting blood, and severe chest pain.

The ministry of health said that the ministry has sent a technical team to do surveillance work on ground.

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