Ebola Outbreak: Suspected Naguru Patient Dies, Samples Test Negative

As efforts to contain the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus carry on, Ministry of Health has confirmed that one patient who presented symptoms related to the virus, was not found to have it.

A 19-year-old male patient who was admitted at the China – Uganda Friendship Hospital, Naguru caused a scare after presenting Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) symptoms such as fever and bleeding from the mouth.

The unnamed patent died yesterday Thursday.

However, the ministry in a statement today, said samples taken from the body turned out negative of Ebola or any other related illness.

“Blood samples were withdrawn from the patient and sent to Uganda Vaus Research Institute (UVRI) for testing. Results showed that he was negative for Ebola, Marburg, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), Rift Valley Fever UtVF) and Sosuga,” said the Director General Health Services Dr Charles Olaro.

Dr Olaro added that as of Friday Uganda has not registered any new confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in Kasese District or any other part of Uganda since the last registered case one week ago.

“There are no new suspect cases under admission. Currently, 110 contacts to the confirmed Ebola cases in Kagando and Bwera are being followed up daily,” he added.

“A total of 456 individuals have been vaccinated against EVD using the ‘Ebola Rvsv vaccine in Kasese District, Western Uganda.”

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