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Uganda declared Ebola free

By: Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm
Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

Uganda has today-Wednesday declared an end to an Ebola virus outbreak that emerged almost four months ago and claimed the lives of 55 people.
At a ceremony in Mubende district where the disease was first detected in September,Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the country is now Ebola free.

The move was confirmed in a statement issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the nation’s robust and comprehensive response” to the widely-feared haemorrhagic fever.

Aceng said January 11 marked 113 days since the start of the epidemic, which also spread to the capital Kampala.

Under the WHO’s criteria, an outbreak of the disease officially ends when there are no new cases for 42 consecutive days — twice the virus’s incubation period.