2000 - Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Uganda - Update 5
21 October 2000
Disease Outbreak Reported
As of 21 October, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has reported 139 cases including 51 deaths.
The increase of 17 cases in the last 24 hours (see previous report) reflects the intensified active surveillance.
A team from the WHO Collaborating Centre at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States is establishing a field diagnostic laboratory in Gulu district. The last laboratory equipment arrived 20 October and the laboratory is expected to be operational shortly.
A WHO information officer from Geneva arrived in Uganda on 18 October and is based in Gulu district. He is working with the Ugandan Ministry of Health as media focal point.