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Ebola News 2022

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As of 26 Nov 2022, all schools in Uganda have been closed due to an Ebola outbreak. This document provides some news stories in chronological order with entry headings showing the source and date.

BBC (25 Nov 2022)

“Ebola outbreak closes all schools in Uganda” — Millions of students in Uganda have been sent home from school two weeks before the end of term to try and curb the spread of Ebola. In the past two months, 55 people have died with the virus, including eight students in the capital Kampala. Schools had already put in place strict anti-Ebola measures, including temperature screening, regular handwashing and disinfecting surfaces. However critics say closing schools is at odds with the government’s official stance that everything is under control, and that the numbers are stabilising. [Source]

Newzroom Africa (24 Nov 2022)

“Many Ugandans still don’s trust government’s messaging about Ebola outbreak” — While the downward trend shows some kind of success, some say more needs to be done to eradicate the Ebola virus completely. According to health policy analyst, Allana Kembabazi, many Ugandans still don’t trust government’s messaging about the outbreak. [Source]

NTV Uganda (23 Nov 2022)

“Uganda is winning the war against Ebola” — The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has revealed that Uganda is winning the battle against the Ebola virus disease. The minister has said the country has not registered any positive cases of Ebola for the last ten days which raises hope that the current outbreak has been brought under control. [Source]

WHO (22 Nov 2022)

“Health authorities Uganda are working hard to contain the Ebola outbreak” — Health authorities in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, are working hard to contain the Ebola outbreak. An isolation centre has been opened at Mulago Hospital and at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital, an Ebola treatment centre has been established. Efforts are paying off as the cases slow down in the capital city. [Source]

eNCA (11 Oct 2022)

“Ebola Outbreak | Uganda records 63 cases and 29 deaths” — Ebola cases continue to rise in Uganda. The country has since recorded 63 cases and 29 people have died including health care workers. eNCA Uganda Correspondent Isabel Nakirya has more details. [Source]

WION (27 Sep 2022)

“Ebola virus re-emerges in Uganda” — East Africa was thrown into a whirlwind following the announcement by Ugandan health authorities of an Ebola outbreak that also claimed the lives of several people in the country’s west of the capital, Kampala. New Uganda Sudan Ebola-virus outbreak means FDA-licensed vaccine for Zaire ebolavirus cannot be used that means that virologists and scientists have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a stronger and more efficient shield to this virus that has been classified as lethally fatal. [Source] Video available on YouTube. [View]

Background News

National Geographic (12 Nov 2020)

“The Ebola Outbreak of 1976” — In 1976 a deadly illness appeared in the remote province of Zaire, it became known as the as Ebola Zaire, after the nearby Ebola River. [Source]

Albert Einstein College (8 Jun 2015)

“How Ebola Virus Infects a Cell” — This 3-D animation shows how the Ebola virus exploits a naturally occurring protein in our cells called NPC1 to cause infection and spread in the body. Narrated by Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of microbiology & immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. [Source]

VICE News (9 Oct 2014)

“The Fight Against Ebola” — The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and there was another outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection. About half of them have been fatal. As President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending American military personnel to West Africa to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak. [Source]

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com