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UPDATE: Uganda tests first possible Ebola victim

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Entebbe International Airport is the main gateway to Kampala and the rest of Uganda. PHOTOS: Entebbe-airport.com/Wikimedia

“The suspected Ebola alert case initially held at the Entebbe Grade B Hospital Isolation facility has tested negative for Ebola,” the Ugandan Health Ministry said in an official statement.

Results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute indicated that the samples taken from the patient were tested for all Ebola viruses, Marburg, Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever and Rift Valley fever.

(READ MORE: WHO declares Ebola epidemic an international health emergency)

Uganda has suffered from the Ebola epidemic in the past, most recently in 2012 however, the current patient was the first to be tested in East Africa for the disease since its outbreak in West Africa in March 2014.


The patient was stopped in Uganda’s main Entebbe Airport showing symptoms of fever even though he came from South Sudan where no cases of the Ebola virus have been reported.

East African countries have tightened security measures to curb the Ebola virus from entering their borders.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the Ebola virus is a severe often fatal illness with a case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. 

Between 2 and 4 August 2014, a total of 108 new cases of the virus were confirmed with 45 deaths being reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Based on WHO statistics, Ebola has claimed 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people since its outbreak in West Africa in March 2014.