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Uganda gears up to contain Ebola epidemic as fears of spread cause panic

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5210 (Published 01 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5210
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. 1Kampala

Ugandan health authorities are grappling with a new Ebola epidemic that has killed 14 people since the beginning of July, mainly in a district in the west of the country.

The disease is reported to have spread to the capital Kampala after one of the victims is thought to have died in a national referral hospital near the city.

Health officials are saying that they have contained the disease and maintain that the country, which has had three outbreaks of Ebola since 2000, has the capacity to stem it.

The health ministry says that a health worker …

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