|Ebola strikes in Uganda|
|Monday, 30 July 2012 00:00|
The officials and a World Health Organisation representative told a news conference in Kampala Saturday that there is “an outbreak of Ebola” in Uganda.
“Laboratory investigations done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute . . . have confirmed that the strange disease reported in Kibaale is indeed Ebola hemorrhagic fever,” the Ugandan government and WHO said in joint statement.
Kibaale is a district in mid-western Uganda, where people in recent weeks have been troubled by a mysterious illness that seemed to have come from nowhere. Ugandan health officials had been stumped as well, and spent weeks conducting laboratory tests that were at first inconclusive.
On Friday, Joaquim Saweka, the WHO representative in Uganda, told The Associated Press that investigators were "not so sure'' it was Ebola, and a Ugandan health official dismissed the possibility of Ebola as merely a rumor.
It appears firm evidence of Ebola was clinched overnight. Health officials told reporters in Kampala that the 14 dead were among 20 reported with the disease. — AP.