KAMPALA, Uganda — Six school children in Uganda’s capital have tested positive for Ebola, the health minister said Wednesday, adding to the severity of an outbreak announced a month ago.

The children, who attend three different schools in Kampala, are among at least 15 people in the city who have been confirmed to be infected with Ebola, according to a statement by Health Minister Jane Ruth Eseng.

The children are members of a family infected by a man who traveled from an Ebola-affected district, sought treatment in Kampala and died there, the statement said.

“He is responsible for infecting a family of seven, including neighbors and many others,” the statement said of the traveling Ebola patient. “We were able to get one more cluster, due to vigilance in contact tracing and field case management by the ministry.”

It said authorities were “following up” on 170 contacts from schools attended by six children.

Fears that Ebola could spread far from the epicenter of the outbreak forced authorities to impose an ongoing lockdown, including a nighttime curfew, on October 16 in two of the five districts that reported Ebola cases. The measures were taken after the travel of a person infected with Ebola. Kampala and died there, becoming the city’s first confirmed Ebola case.

Contact tracing is key to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola.

The head of the Uganda Medical Association on Tuesday urged health authorities to impose a lockdown in Kampala, a draconian measure that the country’s president has previously said he does not want to implement. .

The official, Dr. Samuel Oledo, told reporters that the situation was alarming because some “people are not even reporting Ebola cases”.

Ebola, which manifests as viral hemorrhagic fever, has infected 109 people and killed 30 since September 20, when the outbreak broke out in a rural community in central Uganda, days after the outbreak. was announced.

Health officials in Uganda’s Mbende district were not quick to confirm Ebola in part because the disease’s symptoms can mimic the more common malaria.

Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids or contaminated material. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.

There is no proven vaccine for the Sudan strain of Ebola circulating in this East African country of 45 million people.

There have been several Ebola outbreaks in Uganda, including an outbreak in 2000 that killed more than 200 people. The 2014–16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,000 people, the deadliest ever for the disease.

Ebola was discovered in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in South Sudan and the Congo, where it occurred in a village near the Ebola River, after which the disease is named.

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