Uganda extends quarantine on two districts hit by Ebola

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Uganda extends quarantine on two districts hit by Ebola

Sept 29, 2022, doctors walk inside the Ebola isolation section of Mubende Regional Referral Hospital, Mubende, Uganda. HAJARAH NALWADDA AP KAMPALA - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has extended a quarantine placed on two districts that are the epicenter of the country's Ebola outbreak by 21 days, saying that his government's response to the disease was succeeding.

The movement into and out of Mubende and Kassanda districts in central Uganda will be restricted up to December 17, the presidency said late on Saturday. It was originally imposed on October 15 for 21 days and extended for the same period on November 5.

The extension was to protect the rest of the country from exposure to Ebola and to continue the gains in control that we have made in control of the disease. ALSO READ: Uganda has a downward trend in Ebola cases.

The president said that the government's anti-Ebola efforts were succeeding with two districts going for about two weeks without new cases.

He said that it may be too early to celebrate any successes, but overall, I have been briefed that the picture is good.

The East African nation has so far recorded 141 infections. Fifty-five people have died since the outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic fever was declared on September 20th.

The situation is still fragile, as the country's weak health system and circulation of misinformation about the disease are still a challenge, as the outbreak is gradually being brought under control, Museveni said.

READ MORE: WHO chief says Ebola has been a matter of concern for Uganda.

The Ebola strain that is circulating in Uganda is the Sudan strain, for which there is no proven vaccine, unlike the more common Zaire strain that has been spread during recent outbreaks in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.