Officials: Ebola breaks out in Uganda

10:13 PM, Jul 28, 2012   |    comments
Ugandan man ill with the Ebola Virus accompanied by health worker
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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Health officials in Uganda have confirmed that it's the Ebola virus that has killed 14 people in the western part of the country this month.

People in recent weeks have been troubled by a mysterious illness that seemed to have come from nowhere. And Ugandan health officials also had been stumped, spending weeks conducting lab tests that at first were inconclusive.

Health officials say the 14 dead were among 20 reported with the disease, and two of the victims were a clinical officer and her 4-month-old baby.

Officials are urging Ugandans to be calm, saying a national emergency taskforce has been set up to stop the disease from spreading far and wide.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola.

In 2,000, Ebola killed 224 Ugandans and left hundreds more traumatized.

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