KAMPALA (Reuters) – Three more Ebola patients have died in Uganda, the health ministry said Friday, bringing the total death toll to four, days after authorities confirmed an outbreak of a strain of the deadly disease for which no vaccine has yet been approved . .
Uganda’s health ministry said it had confirmed a total of 11 cases of Ebola, including four deaths.
The current outbreak, attributed to the Ebola Sudan tribe, appears to have started in a small village in Mubende district in early September, authorities say.
Seven other deaths are under investigation as they are linked to the outbreak in Mubende, about 130 km west of the capital Kampala.
The first victim was a 24-year-old man who died earlier this week.
The World Health Organization says the Ebola Sudan strain is less transmissible and has shown a lower death rate in previous outbreaks than Ebola Zaire, a strain that killed nearly 2,300 people during the 2018-2020 epidemic in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by Hereward Holland; Editing by James Macharia Chege)