Doctors Without Borders Join Fight Against Ebola

physician geneva; font-size: small;”>The outbreak, in the town of Kigadi in Uganda’s Kibaale district, was confirmed by the Ugandan government on July 28.

The Ministry of Health maintains the death toll at 14 but the Ministry of Health General Health Services Director Dr K Lwamafa Tuesday said the number of suspected Ebola cases registered at Kagadi Government hospital in Kibaale district had since Monday increased from seven to 18 patients.

“Currently there are three confirmed cases and 15 suspects admitted at the isolation facility. The patients are receiving the appropriate treatment from the medical team dispatched from the National Taskforce jointly with local hospital staff,” said Lwamafa.

But after issuing the statement, Mbarara District Health Officer Dr. Amoti Kaguna confirmed two new Ebola cases.

Additional MSF teams in Uganda are closely monitoring the situation.

“It’s very important to react quickly to find where the disease is focused and to isolate it as fast as possible,” said Olimpia de la Rosa, MSF’s emergency coordinator for the Uganda Ebola intervention.

“It is also essential to take care of the caregivers, which means supporting and working closely with the Ugandan health teams who are already struggling to stop the virus from spreading.”

The MSF team’s priorities are to identify and care for people who have been infected and those who have been in contact with them, and to ensure that emergency medical services are functioning.

The team will also work to identify how and where the virus is spreading, and to isolate infected people, so as to limit transmission of the disease.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever spreads rapidly through direct contact with infected people or animals, and can be transmitted through blood, bodily fluids, and even contact with clothes worn by an infected person. It is caused by a virus first identified in 1976 in Sudan’s Western Equatoria province and in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo).

Stringent infection control measures are crucial to limit the deadly spread of the virus.


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