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WHO Sees Risk of Ebola Spread in Uganda as Seven Cases Confirmed

  • Central Mubende region includes a busy road leading to DRC
  • The country last detected the Ebola-Sudan strain in 2012
Health measures taken at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital after an outbreak of Ebola in the country in Mubende, Uganda, on Sept. 20, 2022.

Health measures taken at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital after an outbreak of Ebola in the country in Mubende, Uganda, on Sept. 20, 2022.

Photographer: Nicholas Kajoba/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The World Health Organization has sent a team to Uganda to help curb an Ebola outbreak after the East African country reported seven cases of the hemorrhagic disease.

“We are acting quickly and decisively to draw the reins on this outbreak,” Abdou Salam Gueye, the WHO’s regional emergency director for Africa, said in an emailed statement. The continent’s “stronger homegrown emergency readiness is proving ever more crucial in tackling outbreaks such as Ebola.”