Uganda Ebola epidemic claims four more lives

Society Materials 14 December 2007 01:54 (UTC +04:00)

(AFP) - An Ebola epidemic in western Uganda has claimed four more lives, health officials said Thursday, bringing to 34 the number of deaths since the virulent virus first appeared in September.

Bundibugyo deputy district commissioner Patrick Kawamala told AFP that two patients died on Thursday and two more the previous day.

A total of 116 people are known to have been infected but many more are under observation after coming in close contact with Ebola patients.

However health ministry spokesman Paul Kaggwa said that no new hospital admissions had been recorded since Tuesday, suggesting that the deadly virus may soon be contained.

Spread by body fluids, the blood-borne disease was named after a small river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it was discovered in 1976. It re-emerged in Sudan later the same year.