Ugandas Ebola deaths rise to 11 as 58 contacts being traced

11 people have died in the latest Ebola outbreak and at least two dozen others have been admitted to a health facility as government officials attempt to stop the disease from spreading Ugandan authorities say.

Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health told Monitor that all the new cases and deaths happened in the central Uganda district of Mubende, the epicenter.

According to the statement released by the Ministry Friday afternoon, the cumulative confirmed cases now stand at 11 and the total deaths attributable to the outbreak also stand at 11 (confirmed and suspected).

A total of 58 contacts of the victims have been listed and they are being followed up by the response team.

Government officials in the Ebola response team have warned that cases of infections may continue to rise because of the delayed response and limited knowledge about the extent of the spread of the disease.

Health workers, who are leading the investigations into the root cause of the outbreak, have neither determined the source of the outbreak nor the index case, at least by Friday.

This, besides affecting the accuracy of contact tracing, means unsuspecting infected persons could be spreading the disease in communities.

The latest statistics from the Health ministry indicate that there are 11 confirmed cases of Ebola infection and three confirmed Ebola deaths. Around six of the probable deaths happened in communities.

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