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Curbing rampant viruses with ‘one health’

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Barely a month after the World Health Organization (WHO), declared Uganda Ebola-free, scores of people in Luweero have been isolated following another outbreak. The outbreak was confirmed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) after two people belonging to the same family and a health worker died in Sombwe parish, Nyimbwa sub-county, Luweero district.

Currently, there are five suspects closely monitored by the ministry of Health surveillance team. This outbreak comes on the heels of a Marburg outbreak in Uganda that left over five people dead in south-western Uganda.

However, with the country’s on-and-off attacks, no drug has been approved to treat the Ebola or Marburg viruses. People diagnosed with Ebola or Marburg simply receive supportive care and treatment for complications.

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