Uganda stops spread of Ebola

Uganda has successfully stopped the spread of the rare and deadly Ebola virus more than a month after a 12-year-old girl bled to death from the disease, Ugandan public health officials have announced.

The announcement adhered to World Health Organization guidelines that stipulate countries must wait 41 days after the discharge or death of the final Ebola victim before declaring an end to an outbreak, according to Reuters.

"Uganda is free of Ebola," Doctor Anthony Mbonye, chairman of an Ebola national task force, said, Reuters reports. "The situation is perfect.

"We managed to contain the case because of our previous experience with Ebola. The girl was buried very quickly and we kept the body away from the local population."

Ebola last struck in Uganda in 2007, when it killed at least 37 people. The outbreak caused public panic and, at one point, led President Yoweri Museveni to urge that Ugandans stop shaking hands.

Mbonye said that the task force is still trying to determine how and where the young girl contracted the disease.

Ebola is extremely deadly, killing 50 to 90 percent of its victims depending on the strain. There is no treatment or vaccine against Ebola, which causes internal and external bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea and shock.