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All Ebola-Related Restrictions Lifted in Uganda

© AP Photo / Hajarah NalwaddaMedical workers walk inside the Ebola isolation center of Madudu Health Center III, in the village of Madudu, in the Mubende district of Uganda Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
Medical workers walk inside the Ebola isolation center of Madudu Health Center III, in the village of Madudu, in the Mubende district of Uganda Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.12.2022
The most recent Ebola outbreak in Uganda was confirmed in September, with at least 142 cases and 55 deaths. However, earlier this month, the last known Ebola patient in Uganda was discharged from the hospital and no more cases have been registered to date.
Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has removed all restrictions imposed in response to the Ebola outbreak.
"Currently, there is no transmission, no contact under follow-up, no patients in the isolation facilities, and we are progressing well with the count down," the president stated.
Uganda announced an Ebola outbreak in late September after the Ebola Sudan strain was detected in the country. In response to the outbreak, on October 15, Museveni imposed a 21-day quarantine in Uganda’s two central districts, Mubende and Kassanda, which were hardest hit by the outbreak. The quarantine, which implied limited access to and from the two regions, as well as a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. has been extended twice on November 5 and November 26 for the same period.
Uganda discharged its last Ebola patient in early December, while maintaining restrictions in place until 21 days were over. The World Health Organization (WHO) has commented on the achievement, saying that to ensure that Ebola has been eradicated, the country must wait 42 days, which is equivalent to two incubation periods.
The virus that broke out in Uganda was the Sudan strain of Ebola, for which there is currently no proven vaccine, unlike the more common Zaire strain. At the same time, the Sudan strain is known to kill 40%-60% of those it infects.
Health workers stand at a non-gazetted crossing point in the Mirami village, near the Mpondwe border check point between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo  - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.10.2022
Nearly One Million Quarantined in Uganda as Ebola Outbreak Spreads
In early December, the WHO delivered 1,200 candidate vaccines against the Sudan strain to Uganda as the first batch of one of the three potential vaccines recommended by the UN body for a clinical trial called “Tokomeza Ebola.” Now Uganda is expected to evaluate the efficacy of the Oxford, Sabin, and Merck trial vaccines.
Ebola is a severe viral infection that affects humans and several animal species, primarily primates. The virus can be transmitted from person to person via the exchange of bodily fluid or through contact with infected objects. High fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood vomiting, fatigue, and hemorrhaging are all common symptoms.
The recent Ebola outbreak in Uganda is not the first one for the African country. The previous outbreaks in Uganda were detected in the years 2000 (224 deaths), 2007, (37 deaths), 2011, (1 death), 2012 (21 deaths), and 2019 (four deaths).
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