First Ebola death in Uganda: Kampala, the country’s capital.

First Ebola death in Uganda: Kampala, the country's capital.

Despite being the first death in Kampala, he was the virus’s 19th victim in the ongoing pandemic.

In Uganda, 54 cases have been verified; however, the city has not seen any more cases.

Twenty people have made a full recovery, five of them medical professionals from the first hospital where a case was handled. On Tuesday, they received their discharge.

Authorities already knew that the guy who passed away in Kampala may have been exposed to the virus.

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He was originally outside the city, but according to Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the guy fled his village, went undercover, and sought treatment from a traditional healer in another area.

Last Friday, he passed away at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital, although the passing was just recently made official.

Because the patient arrived at the hospital when he was extremely unwell, according to Dr. Aceng, the teams that treated him were aware of the risks and had taken precautions.

It has been determined who he may have encountered, and 42 of them are being tracked down.

Humans get Ebola through direct contact with body fluids and contaminated settings.

If mourners come into contact with the body, funerals might provide a unique risk.

Despite the fact that Kampala and its surrounding areas are deemed high risk, Dr. Aceng said, there are presently no additional confirmed Ebola cases in the city.

In the Mubende area, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the city, the epidemic started in September.

The first confirmed case of Ebola included a 24-year-old guy, who also lost six family members. Four other health professionals, including a Tanzanian doctor, were also casualties.

Concern over the absence of sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and masks, has been previously voiced by medical professionals. Additionally, they had demanded that Mubende be quarantined.

However, President Yoweri Museveni disregarded regulations, claiming that because Ebola is not an airborne illness, it does not spread like the coronavirus.

A vaccine against the Zaire form of Ebola, which has infected West Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is treatable, is not currently available because it differs from the Sudan variant that is circulating in central Uganda.

The belief that Ebola will ever be eliminated is absurd, according to experts, but it is now simpler to avert a disaster with quick action and successful contact tracing.