The Ebola virus has killed two doctors in western Uganda, bringing
the toll to 21 since the strain first appeared in September, an
"The sad news is that our doctor who was admitted in Mulago died
last night and a senior clinic officer who had been in critical
condition died this morning," said Samuel Kazinga, district
commissioner for Bundibugyo, the epicentre of the new outbreak.
Kampala's Mulago hospital is the largest in the country. Some health
officials have said that a lack of appropriate equiment in Mulago and
other hospitals has allowed the virus to spread.
The health ministry confirmed the latest fatalities caused by the
virulent local strain of Ebola, which kills up to 90 percent of its
victims, mostly by puncturing blood vessels and spurring non-stop
Eight pathogen experts from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) arrived in the country on Tuesday to help battle the
disease that has infected at least 64 people in Uganda.
Efforts to isolate suspected patients in the rural district
neighbouring the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have failed as
many residents fear hospitals are unsafe, authorities have said.
The rare disease, named after a small DRC river, killed at least 170
people in northern Uganda in 2000, with experts blaming poor sanitation
It was first discovered in the DRC in 1976, but other outbreaks have
been recorded in Ivory Coast and Gabon. (Sapa-AFP)
Deadly Ebola raging in DRC
New ebola strain kills 16 in Uganda