Ebola outbreak in Uganda Declared over

Uganda Declares Ebola Outbreak Over

Uganda has today declared the end of the Ebola disease outbreak less than four months after the first case was confirmed in the East African nation.

The latest outbreak was caused by the Sudan ebolavirus – one of six species of the Ebola virus against which no therapeutics and vaccines have been approved yet.

However, Uganda’s long experience in responding to epidemics allowed the country to rapidly strengthen critical areas of the response and overcome the lack of these key tools, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Health authorities, with the support of the WHO and other partners and also showed strong political commitment and implemented accelerated public health actions to the end of the outbreak since the first case was confirmed in Mubende district on Sept 20, 2022.

“Uganda put a swift end to the Ebola outbreak by ramping up key control measures such as surveillance, contact tracing and infection, prevention and control,” health minister Dr. Jane Acero said. 

“While we expanded our efforts to put a strong response in place across the nine affected districts, the magic bullet has been our communities who understood the importance of doing what was needed to end the outbreak, and took action.”

There were 164 cases, 55 confirmed deaths, and 87 recovered patients. More than 4000 people who came in contact with confirmed cases were followed up and their health was monitored for 21 days. 

Overall, the case-fatality ratio was 47%. The last patient was released from care on 30 November when the 42-day countdown to the end of the outbreak began.

Although the outbreak in Uganda has been declared over, health authorities say they are maintaining surveillance and are ready to respond quickly to any flare-ups. 

The WHO also urged neighboring countries to remain on alert and are encouraged to continue strengthening their capacities to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.