To stop the spread of Ebola, Uganda fights.

To stop the spread of Ebola, Uganda fights.

Attempts by Ugandan officials to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed at least 19 lives, are under pressure.

Earlier this month, 54 Ebola cases were reported in Uganda, prompting the government to declare an epidemic.

Since September 20, at least 19 people—four of them medical personnel—have passed away. Last week, a case was reported in the capital, Kampala.

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Ugandan officials have recorded more than 1,100 contacts of confirmed Ebola cases. There is currently no effective vaccination against the 45 million-person nation’s Ebola strain from Sudan.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), stated last week that, subject to Ugandan government clearances, clinical trials for two vaccinations might start in the coming weeks. He did not identify the vaccines, however.

Three vaccinations have advanced to phase-one clinical trials, making the total number of vaccines being developed for the Sudan strain at least six.

Through contact with the body fluids of an infected person or contaminated objects, Ebola, which presents as viral hemorrhagic fever, can be transmitted. There may be internal and external bleeding sometimes, along with symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscular discomfort.

Two outbreaks of Ebola occurred at the same time in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, both in a community close to the river that bears the disease’s name.