Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Photo Credit: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine

Via the BBC:

Public health officials in Uganda are battling an outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus. There have been 14 confirmed deaths at the time of this writing:

Officials say most are linked to one family, who may have contracted the virus while attending a funeral.

Another suspected infection, at Kampala’s Mulago hospital, is also being investigated by doctors, says the BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga in the capital.

Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. A form of hemorrhagic fever,  Ebola can incubate for up to three weeks before symptoms emerge, which begin with fever, rashes and head and body aches followed by bloody vomit and almost always death.  There’s no cure, and 90 percent of those infected die within two weeks of the onset of symptoms.

While an international outbreak is always a possibility in the age of global travel, most Ebola outbreaks end very quickly. Victims usually die so fast that the virus can’t travel very far.

There have been only two outbreaks of Ebola in the United States: the first in Reston, VA in 1989 and the second occurring in Alice, TX in 1990. Both outbreaks occurred at primate research facilities, and were considered mild strains of the virus. There were four human cases in total, and no deaths.

Read more at the BBC.




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2 Comments on "Ebola Outbreak in Uganda"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jul 31, 2012 at 12:43 am |

    Nasty nasty. Hemorrhagic fevers are terrible little fuckers, they basically turn your insides to goo.

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