2000 - Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Uganda- Update 32
30 November 2000
Disease Outbreak Reported
As of 29 November, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has reported cumulative figures for Gulu district of 354 cases and 140 deaths.
The mobile teams in Gulu district are intensifying disease control activities and focusing particularly on areas where there has been recent disease activity. They are tracing and closely following up contacts of the most recent laboratory confirmed cases, as well as continuing case finding activities in the district.
Additional activities have been initiated to enhance public health education in Gulu district. Messages and discussions about the disease will continue on the radio and in film shows, with new drama and musical events planned to further increase the level of awareness about the disease.
Five suspected cases were reported from Tanzania. These cases were investigated and clinical samples sent to National Institute for Virology, South Africa. The preliminary results for all cases are negative.
WHO recommends no special restrictions on travel or trade to or from Uganda. Many countries have routine health regulations concerning travel and trade. No specific measures with respect to Ebola haemorrhagic fever are warranted or advised.