By John Ikani
Uganda has confirmed one case of Ebola in the central Mubende District, high-level government officials briefed on the matter said late Monday.
The health minister said that the 24-year-old victim had exhibited symptoms before succumbing to the disease.
The clinical team took off samples for testing at UVRI.
Results confirmed that the patient was positive for the Ebola-Sudan strain.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, which neighbours Uganda to the west, is currently battling an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, which causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever.
According to the World Health Organization, the disease is transmitted to people from animals and spreads through human-to-human infection.
Uganda has had at least three previous outbreaks of Ebola, the deadliest being in 2000 that killed hundreds, including the lead treatment officer Dr Matthew Lukwiya.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti said action has been taken to quickly to detect the virus and halt the spread of infections.