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Uganda urges vigilance as Ebola cases in capital city rise to 5

This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (HANDOUT / CDC / CYNTHIA GOLDSMITH / AFP)

KAMPALA – Uganda's Ministry of Health on Sunday urged the public to remain vigilant as the Ebola cases in the capital city Kampala continue to rise.

Minister of Health Ruth Aceng said in a tweet that two more contacts of the people under quarantine at the country's Mulago National Referral Hospital on Saturday tested positive, bringing the cumulative number to five. On Friday, three people of those under quarantine tested positive.

The rare Sudan strain of Ebola broke out in Uganda on Sept 20 in the central district of Mubende

Aceng said all the cases in Kampala were contacts to a confirmed case that had earlier passed on at the hospital.

Over 50 people are still under quarantine at the referral hospital, according to the ministry.

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The rare Sudan strain of Ebola broke out in Uganda on Sept 20 in the central district of Mubende.

Mubende and neighboring Kassanda districts are under total lockdown as the government strives to contain the spread of the disease.

The Ministry of Health figures on Thursday showed that the country has so far register 65 positive cases and 27 deaths. 

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