Health Alert – Update on Ebola Situation
Event: As of October 25, 2022, the Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) has reported 95 confirmed Sudan Ebolavirus (SUDV) cases, 28 confirmed deaths and 34 recoveries. On October 16, 2022, President Yoweri Museveni declared a three-week lockdown in Mubende and Kassanda districts in an effort to contain the spread of the current outbreak of SUDV. The Ministry of Health and partners in Uganda are implementing multiple interventions in affected and surrounding districts in order to contain and control the spread of the disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that as of October 11, 2022, the United States would re-direct all U.S.-bound travelers who traveled from or were present in Uganda in the previous 21 days to five U.S. airports for health screening.
Actions to take:
- Monitor U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda’s public messaging regarding the outbreak of SUDV in Uganda here: https://ug.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/
- Review the U.S. CDC’s Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Uganda: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/ebola-in-uganda
- Find more information about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
- Monitor the Government of Uganda’s Ministry of Health website and twitter account for latest Ebola updates and guidance on movement restrictions
- Avoid contact with dead bodies, blood, and other body fluids from people who are symptomatic or from contaminated surfaces. A person can only spread Ebola to other people after they develop signs and symptoms of Ebola (e.g., fever, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, and abdominal pain)
- Avoid contact with bats, forest antelopes, and non-human primates and raw meat prepared from these or unknown animals (bushmeat)
- Defer non-essential travel to Mubende and Kassanda districts. If you reside in or must travel through these districts, obey the instructions of Ugandan authorities with regard to measures to control the outbreak.
- Be particularly vigilant about potential exposure when accessing health care facilities in Uganda