WHO: Ugandan Ebola outbreak controlled
Joaquim Saweka, the WHO's representative in Uganda, said that the contacts of the Ebola victims have been isolated to stop the disease from spreading. Health officials in the country created a contact list with 176 people who even slightly came into contact with the people who contracted Ebola, Associated Press report.
"The structure put in place is more than adequate," Saweka said, according to Associated Press. "We are isolating the suspected or confirmed cases."
The virus was confirmed on July 28 after people began to die in a remote western village. At least 16 Ugandans have died from the virus. Atypical symptoms led to delays in confirming the outbreak.
"The doctors in Kibaale say the symptoms were a bit atypical of Ebola," Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, said, according to Associated Press. "They were not clearly like Ebola symptoms. Because of that delay, the sickness spread to another village."
The CDC and Doctors Without Borders are helping the country to stop the spread of the disease. The outbreak is the country's fourth since 2000, when the disease killed 224 Ugandans.
Symptoms for the highly contagious disease include intense headaches, muscle pain, weakness and sore throat that can progress to diarrhea, vomiting, impaired kidney and liver function, and internal and external bleeding.