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Source of Latest Ebola Outbreak Unknown, according to Health Ministry

An image of health workers dressed in protective gear to attend to Ebola patients. (Internet photo)

The Ministry of Health has embarked on investigating the source of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country that left at least 55 people dead.

On Wednesday, the Health Ministry however declared an end to the latest outbreak of the Sudan Ebola strain after no new cases were recorded in 42 days.

However, Health Minister Dr. Ruth Jane Aceng said they were yet to establish the source of the virus.

Dr. Aceng said her Ministry and other international partners will continue to look for the most possible and proximal source of the latest outbreak.

She also noted that the disease mostly breaks out around the months of July and October.

Sudan virus was first introduced as a new “strain” of Ebola virus in 1977.

Sudan virus was described as “Ebola hemorrhagic fever” in a 1978 WHO report describing the 1976 Sudan outbreak.

In 2000, it received the designation Sudan Ebola virus and in 2002 the name was changed to Sudan ebolavirus.

Between 2000 and 2022, Uganda registered seven outbreaks.

In total, 332 people died of Ebola in Uganda in the last 22 years while 600 others were infected with the virus.

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