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Ebola Outbreak; Health Ministry Releases Guidelines

The US Asks For Ebola Related Contacts To Blacklist Them

The CDC US has asked for contacts of Ebola patients so they can be halted from traveling to their country to avoid wider spread of the virus. Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa, the director general of Health Services confirmed this development.

He says that these contacts will have to be isolated for 22 days before issuing them any clearance certificate to fly out.

Dr. Mwebesa along with other government officials however protested these restrictions calling them totally unnecessary.

It is not yet clear whether the restrictions have been enforced because of the increased number of infections and deaths.

The number of deaths has risen to 19 with those infected rising to 52.

Emmanuel Ainebyona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson revealed that over 1000 contacts of Ebola patients have been recorded. But despite all these contacts that are listed, only 35 have been followed up.

Health Ministers from across Africa recently met and agreed upon a few joint measures to curb the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

These were from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Some of the measures agreed upon include disease surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring, prompt alert notification. More to that, information sharing and joint training of emergency responders were also agreed on.

The World Health Organization revealed that the spread of the Sudan ebola strain might be very easy. This is because of the high cross border movements between Uganda and other countries.

There are at least six candidate vaccines against this strain, which are in different stages of development.

Three of them have Phase1 data (safety and immunogenicity data in humans), and the remaining are in the preclinical evaluation phase.

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