As Uganda fights an Ebola outbreak, two regions have been placed under a three-week lockdown.
Nineteen deaths have been reported from the most recent outbreak’s 58 total cases of Ebola. The actual number of fatalities and cases, however, might be greater.
A curfew will be in effect, and bars, nightclubs, houses of worship, and entertainment venues will be closed in Mubende and the neighboring Kassanda. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has reversed course, saying that such steps are not necessary.
Early in September, the outbreak started in Mubende, which has remained the epicenter; it is roughly 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Kampala, the country’s capital.
Lockdowns had previously been disregarded by President Museveni, who said that since Ebola was not an airborne virus, it did not necessitate the same precautions as Covid-19.
However, he stopped all travel to and from the regions of Mubende and Kassanda on Saturday for a period of 21 days. According to him, only cargo trucks will be permitted to enter and exit the restricted regions; all other forms of transportation would cease.
In a televised address, he stated, “These are temporary measures to halt the spread of Ebola.” “We should all work together with the government to stop this outbreak as soon as feasible.”
Direct touch with bodily fluids or contaminated objects is how Ebola is transmitted. Vomiting, diarrhea, and occasionally internal or external bleeding are symptoms.
The virus can be linked to other diseases like malaria and typhoid, and the incubation period can extend from two days to three weeks.
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