case of Ebola virus in Uganda escaped overnight Friday from
the hospital at the center of the outbreak, a health official said.
causes us a lot of worry. So right now, we have resolved that the remaining
prisoners will be cuffed on the beds for fear that they might also
escape,” said Dr. Jackson Amune, commissioner at the Ministry of Health.
Kagadi hospital with suspected cases of the virus. Two additional patients
have confirmed cases, according to Doctors Without Borders.
vomiting, diarrhea and fever, Dr. Dan Kyamanywa said Thursday.
increase,” Kyamanywa said. “It’s important to break transmission and
reduce the number of contacts that suspected cases have.”
he said, and the facility is struggling to respond to all the call-outs to
with 53 confirmed cases. At least 16 people have died. An additional 312
people have suspected cases of the virus and have been isolated, pending
highly infectious, often fatal agent spread through direct contact with bodily
fluids. Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain,
headache, a measles-like rash, red eyes and, at times, bleeding from body
control,” said Joaquim Saweka, the World Health Organizationrepresentative to Uganda.
cases, to avoid contact with anyone infected and to wear gloves and masks while
disinfecting bedding and clothing of infected people. Officials also advised
avoiding public gatherings in the affected district.
trying to track down anyone who came into contact with patients infected with
the virus, and health workers have been gearing up to protect themselves and
deal with an influx of cases.
the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, and the World
after at least two patients showed symptoms of
Jackstone Omoto, a medical official in Siaya, western Kenya. One man tested
negative. A second man and two relatives have been isolated at the Moi Teaching
& Referral Hospital in Eldoret, pending test results. The man was traveling
from South Sudan to Kenya through Uganda.
have requested the company to contact the ministry so we can know who else was
in the bus,” said Beth Mugo, public health minister.
African nation of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The virus
is named after a river in that country. There are five strains of the virus,
all named after the areas where they were found: Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire,
Bundibugyo and Reston, according to the WHO.