Fourteen people have died following an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, according to the
World Health Organization (WHO). The deaths occurred in Kibaale district in the western
part of the country, nine of them in a single household. WHO reports that since the
beginning of July, there have been a total of 20 cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever
in Kibaale where the government is working to control the outbreak.
Gregory Hartl says Ugandan authorities have embarked on a campaign to sensitize the
public about changing some of their practices to prevent the spread of Ebola.
of these practices is traditional funeral and burial techniques for example,” he said.
“The Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person's bodily fluid, any of the
bodily fluids. Ebola is so infectious that even if you touch an infected person's
skin you can be infected. So there needs to be precaution taken in that point of view."