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Uganda Reports Ebola Outbreak


The Ugandan health ministry says an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has killed at least 16 people.

In a statement Thursday, Ugandan Director of Health Services Sam Zaramba said lab tests confirmed Ebola to be responsible for the deaths in the western Bundibugyo district.

Zaramba said 51 Ebola cases have been confirmed in the area, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Last week, the World Health Organization said an Ebola outbreak in the DRC that killed at least six people had been contained.

The Ebola virus causes a fever with bleeding from the eyes, ears and other parts of the body. The illness results in death for 50 to 90 percent of all cases.

Uganda last saw a major Ebola outbreak in 2000 when 224 deaths were reported from a total of 425 cases.

The virus is spread by direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids or tissue of an infected person.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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