SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Ugandan Ebola outbreak kills two near capital

A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Uganda killed at least two people, according to the country's health minister.

Christine Ondoa said that two members of the same family died close to the country's capital and that a third person may have died as a result of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. In July, an estimated 17 people died during an outbreak in western Uganda, BBC reports.

There had been no reported cases of the deadly virus since August, according to Medicines Sans Frontieres.

Investigators found conclusive evidence of Ebola in Luweero, approximately 37 miles from Kampala in the two victims.

A third man died in the same area in late October after showing Ebola symptoms. No samples were taken from the victim and the case was not reported to health officials at the time.

Five people who came into contact with the victims are being monitored with two of them admitted to an isolation unit in Kampala, according to BBC.

Ebola is a very infectious disease that kills in a short period of time. There is no cure for Ebola, but patients can be treated for symptoms with drugs for pain relief, antibiotics and drugs for diseases such as malaria to increase resistance.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak occurred in 2000 when 425 people were infected. More than half of the infected died from the disease, BBC reports.