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Ebola: Five doctors taken for isolation

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Five doctors and an anaesthetic officer have been taken into isolation for treatment after contracting Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the line of duty, officials confirmed yesterday.


The EVD taskforce in Mubende District, the epicentre of the outbreak, and Uganda Medical Association (UMA), the national umbrella grouping for doctors, separately said the health workers caught the infectious disease from patients.


However,they did not explain whether the transmission resulted from lack or inappropriate use of protective gear, without which UMA asked its rank-and-file to stay away from work, or care lapse due to exhaustion.

The government, on September 20, confirmed the outbreak of EVD in Mubende after samples taken from a resident, who died at the regional referral hospital a day earlier, turned out positive for Sudan strain during a test at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).


The latest wave has so far killed five out of 24 infected persons, the Ministry of Health said, and the Sudan Ebola virus fatality is between 40 and 90 percent, according to World Health Organisation (WHO). This is several times higher than the case fatality rate of Covid-19, the pandemic that shut down the world for more than a year, which is around three percent.


It was not clear whether the transmission resulted from lack or inappropriate use of protective gear or care lapse due to exhaustion.

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