SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

Ebola kills two more in Uganda

Two more people, including a child, are believed to have died as a result of Ebola virus infection during an outbreak in western Uganda.

Eleven additional people have been placed in isolation in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, which was only recently identified as the Ebola-Sudan strain, according to Reuters.

Fourteen people have been confirmed to have died from the illness in the Kibaale district, which is approximately 100 miles west of the capital near the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the virus was first identified in 1976.

Dan Kyamanywa, the health officer of the Kibaale district, said that the new deaths also occurred in the same district, but in different locations.

"We got calls this morning about these two deaths which occurred in two different villages yesterday (Monday) evening," Kyamanywa said, Reuters reports. "The team that we sent says the initial clinical signs that the patients exhibited are typical of Ebola...Also since yesterday, we have admitted 11 more suspected Ebola patients who are now in isolation."

A farmer in Kibaale's Buyanja County, Kiiza Xavier, said panic was beginning to spread throughout the region.

"People here love their drinking for instance, but now they're too scared to go to bars as they normally do daily," Xavier said, Reuters reports. "Proprietors of lodges are also seeing their incomes shrink because people have been advised to avoid sex."