The Ugandan government has declared an end to its Ebola outbreak, less than four months after cases were first reported.
“Uganda put a swift end to the Ebola outbreak by ramping up key control measures such as surveillance, contact tracing and infection, prevention and control,” said health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero on Wednesday.
“The magic bullet has been our communities who understood the importance of doing what was needed to end the outbreak, and took action.”.
The latest outbreak of the Sudan strain of the virus was one of the worst Uganda has experienced in two decades.
The outbreak began in Mubende district in central Uganda and spread to neighbouring Kassanda.
“Lessons learned and the systems put in place for this outbreak will protect Ugandans and others in the years ahead.”.
This is the first outbreak of the Sudan strain of Ebola in Uganda since 2012. »