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Uganda––Ebola Virus Outbreak, Fleeing Patients & Death

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 16:57 PM
July 30, 2012

    Another deadly Ebola outbreak has hit the African nation of Uganda.  At least 20 have been infected and 14 are dead.  Most of the infected are from one family. Once it was identified this weekend that the mystery disease attacking Ugandan citizens was Ebola, patients started fleeing hospitals in fear of contagion.

While the virus had previously been reported as a strange mystery disease, at a news conference in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally admitted there is “an outbreak of Ebola” in Uganda.

One of the world’s most virulent diseases, Ebola has no known vaccination or cure.  In 2000, it killed 224; and in 2007, 37 succumbed to the illness, leaving those who lived through it with horrifying traumas.

Again in 2008, it killed another 40 people near the Congo border.  Ebola generally has a 90% kill rate.  British Broadcasting (BBC) says:  “More than 1,200 deaths from the virus have been recorded since it was discovered in 1976.”

In a joint statement with the Ugandan government, WHO said:  “Laboratory investigations done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute . . .have confirmed that the strange disease reported in Kibaale [village] is . . . Ebola hemorrhagic fever.”

As late as last Friday, WHO officials were still saying they were not sure that the disease was Ebola.  WHO and other health officials explain: “Ebola, which manifests itself as a hemorrhagic fever, is highly infectious and kills quickly.”

Other symptoms are sudden fever onset, headaches, vomiting, malfunctioning kidneys and vomiting.  Catherine Byaruhanga, BBC reporter insists there is another suspected Ebola patient in Mulago hospital in Kampala––which would mean the virus has spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims this disease was discovered in 1976 in the Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC); it is named for a river there.  Scientists suspect that infection may have first come through contact with an infected monkey or other animal.

In midwestern Uganda, Kibaale borders DRC, and has only one hospital.  Once Ebola was definitely announced, terrified patients left the hospital in droves, fearful that its environment would spread rather than eradicate the disease.  Officials are also concerned that frightened doctors and nurses will leave.

Those who live in Kibaale, the same village of the family that has taken the major hits  from the disease, have fled there as well.  Government and health officials advise people never to touch the blood of those sick or deceased from Ebola, to avoid all handshaking, and all public events––even funerals for victims.

We asking Brother John’s team and prayer groups across our country to pray for Ebola victims in Uganda.  Remember Christian prayer books say––Our LORD promised:  “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive (Matthew 21: 22).”

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