KAMPALA, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Uganda has ruled out an Ebola outbreak after laboratory results of a suspected case turned negative.
PCR tests carried out on a fatal Ebola suspect case from Buwenge, Jinja District in eastern Uganda, turned negative for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, said Ugandan Ministry of Health in a tweet post on Sunday.
Viral hemorrhagic fevers are illnesses caused by several types of viruses. Some of these viruses cause mild illness. Many others lead to life-threatening diseases with no known cures. One of the best known of this group is the Ebola virus.
"Thank you to the communities for the vigilance," the ministry said.
Uganda in January announced the end of the Sudan ebolavirus outbreak after the disease broke out in September 2022 in nine districts of the country.
A total of 164 cases (142 confirmed, 22 probable) with 77 deaths (55 among confirmed cases and 22 among probable cases) were reported during that outbreak, according to the World Health Organization. ■