2000 - Ebola haemorrhagic fever - Update 2
18 October 2000
Disease Outbreak Reported
As of 18 October, the Ministry of Health has reported 94 cases, including 39 deaths.
The cases are focused on Aswa county and Gulu municipality in Gulu district. Unconfirmed reports of cases in a neighbouring district of Kitgum are being investigated by the operational task force. A National Task Force for the Control of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers has been established under the authority of the Ministry of Health, with WHO coordinating the international response to the outbreak. Teams from Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) International, Epicentre (France) and WHO Collaborating Centre at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (United States) are participating in the response.
Surveillance is under way in Gulu and isolation facilities are in place. Training courses for district health personnel in unaffected districts will be held.