Deadly Ebola virus kills 14 people in Uganda
Ebola virus infections have so far taken 14 lives in western Uganda, health officials confirmed on Saturday.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also announced on Saturday that there is an outbreak of Ebola virus in Uganda.
A team of health experts from the WHO, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, and the Ugandan government has already been sent to Kibaale, which is roughly situated at a three-hour distance from Uganda's capital Kampala, to start emergency response measures and to stop the disease from spreading further.
The Ugandan authorities and WHO said in joint statement, "Laboratory investigations done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute... have confirmed that the strange disease reported in Kibaale is indeed Ebola hemorrhagic fever."
Residents of Kibaale district have been troubled by the virus for the recent few weeks. The virus forced many people to flee their homes.
Ebola, which was first reported in 1976 in Congo, is a sort of hemorrhagic fever that is highly infectious and kills victims quickly. There is no sure cure/vaccine for Ebola.
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