Twin Ebola outbreaks in Africa: Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo affected

The Ebola virus, which was first discovered in 1976 following two simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resurfaced again in July and August 2012, this time in Uganda and the DRC. The twin outbreaks were characterized by severe viral haemorrhagic fever.

The outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) first started in the district of Kibaale in western Uganda in the first week of July 2012. It was notified by WHO on 29 July 2012, subsequent to laboratory confirmation at the biosafety level-4 laboratory run by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Uganda.

Read the full article by Dr. Soumyadeep B. at National Medical Journal of India  (Open Access)

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