Ebola Virus has claimed it first death among the medical fraternity in Uganda. The Tanzanian doctor died while helping the Landlocked country deal with the deadly disease. Uganda has been experiencing surge in a recent outbreak of the disease. The disease has claimed over 10 people since it was first reported in the last two weeks.
Before the recent outbreak in Uganda. Ebola outbreak was majorly witnessed in West Africa in 2014. The pandemic in the west of Africa saw the African continent come together in order to vanquish the disease.
Since its discovery in 1976, the majority of cases and outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease have occurred in Africa. The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in a rural setting of southeastern Guinea, spread to urban areas and across borders within weeks, and became a global epidemic within months.
Uganda has experienced four Ebola outbreaks. The deadliest left more than 200 people dead in 2000.
According to the World Health Organization, vaccination against the rare Sudan strain hasn’t been tested for efficacy. However, the Ervebo (rVSV-ZEBOV) vaccine has been found to be effective in protecting against the Zaire variant of the Ebola virus.
Kenyans are being asked to remain vigilant and safe. Counties at the border are beefing up screening tests. This will help curb the spread of the virus to Kenya.