Uganda goes into lockdown for the first time as Ebola cases rise

(ORDO NEWS) — For the first time, Ugandan officials have imposed a three-week quarantine in parts of the country to stem the rise in Ebola cases.

According to a statement by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, two districts of the country – Mubende and Kassanda – will be closed for 21 days from October 15 for entry and exit.

In addition, a night curfew will be introduced from 19:00 to 06:00. All bars, gyms, entertainment venues and places of worship will be closed and public transport will be temporarily suspended.

As of October 19, the Uganda Ministry of Health has reported 60 confirmed cases and 24 confirmed deaths nationwide.

What is Ebola?

Ebola is a viral disease that causes problems with blood clotting, which in turn leads to internal bleeding and other complications. Mortality is extremely high – about 50% (every second infected person dies).

The disease begins with symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function, and unexplained bleeding.

The disease is spread through contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from the Ebola virus. In addition, the virus is present in animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

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