Ebola emergency in Uganda, 3-week lockdown in 2 districts

Ebola emergency in Uganda, 3-week lockdown in 2 districts

The Ebola epidemic in Uganda is worrying: the districts of Mubende and Kassanda will be subjected to a three-week lockdown, with the closure of bars, discos and places of worship, to stop the virus: “We should all collaborate with the authorities in order to put an end to this outbreak as soon as possible “.

The Ebola epidemic in Uganda continues to worry local authorities, to the point that a three-week lockdown has been decided in the districts of Mubende and Kassanda, in the south of the country where a curfew is in force.

According to reports from the BBC, bars, nightclubs, places of prayer and entertainment will be closed for 21 days to try to stop the spread of the virus that has so far killed 19 while the confirmed cases are 58. But these are numbers that they could be greatly underestimated.

The decision represents a turnaround for the president, Yoweri Museveni, who previously said there was no need to take such measures, stating that Ebola is not an airborne virus and does not require the same measures as Covid-19. .

But yesterday he decided that blocking activities in the two districts was now necessary. You will not be able to enter or leave these areas. Only freight trucks will be authorized for transit.

“These are temporary measures to control the spread of Ebola,” the president said in a speech aired on national television. “We should all work with the authorities to put an end to this outbreak as soon as possible.”

The outbreak began in September in Mubende, about 80 kilometers from the capital Kampala. Here was also the first death: it is a 24-year-old boy. Along with him, 6 other members of his family also lost their lives. The only victim registered in Kampala also came from Mubende.

These latest outbreaks are linked to the variant of the virus identified in Sudan, for which a vaccine does not yet exist. Remember that Ebola is spread through direct contact with body fluids or contaminated material. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases internal or external bleeding. The disease incubation period can last anywhere from two days to three weeks, and the virus can be associated with other diseases, such as malaria and typhus.