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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
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                                                                                                                            Virus hits Kampala

Two suspected Ebola deaths reported in Uganda
KAMPALA, Aug 1, (Agencies): Two more            lagers had called medical officials on           have admitted 11 more suspected Ebola          incomes shrink because people have been        anything to avoid it,” said Ben                 waiting for shoppers outside one of the
people, including a child, are suspected to     Tuesday to report that two more people had       patients who are now in isolation.”            advised to avoid sex.”                         Tumwebaze, 28, a motorcycle rider in            teeming capital’s malls.
have died of the Ebola virus while 11 more      died, including a 5-year old boy.                   On Monday Uganda’s President Yoweri            There is no treatment for Ebola, which is   Kampala. “But if you meet a good friend            President Yoweri Museveni on Monday
have been put in isolation in western              Kyamanywa said the latest deaths also         Museveni advised people to avoid shaking       transmitted by close contact and body flu-     especially one you haven’t seen in a long       confirmed that Ebola, one of the world’s
Uganda where the deadly haemorrhagic            occurred in Kibaale, about 170 km (100           hands, casual sex and do-it-yourself burials   ids such as saliva, vomit, faeces, sweat,      time and refuse to shake his or her hand, it    most virulent diseases, had reached
fever was first confirmed last Friday, health   miles) west of the capital, and near the         to reduce the chance of contracting Ebola      semen and blood.                               might be misunderstood or create hard           Kampala for the first time following an
workers said on Tuesday.                        Democratic Republic of Congo where the           virus.                                            In the capital Kampala where a health       feelings between both of you.”                  outbreak in the west of the country.
   So far 14 people have died of the disease    virus first emerged in 1976, taking its name        Kiiza Xavier, a farmer in Kibaale’s         worker from Kibaale, Clare Muhumuza,              Kampala residents have been urged to            “We shall request gloves, but for now it
and Ugandan officials fear a repeat of an       from the Ebola River.                            Buyanja county said news of the Ebola          died on Friday, residents were fast aban-      avoid contact after the deadly Ebola virus      is a very big problem because we are
outbreak in 2000, the most devastating to          “We got calls this morning about these        outbreak was spreading panic among the         doning handshakes for fear of contracting      hit the city but security guard Joseph          exposed,” Karuba said.
date, when 425 people were infected, more       two deaths which occurred in two different       population.                                    the disease.                                   Karuba’s job is to frisk people and he does-       Officials were searching for anyone who
than half of whom died.                         villages yesterday (Monday) evening,” he            “People here love their drinking for           Some said, however, they found that         n’t have gloves.                                might have come into contact with the
   Dan Kyamanywa, health officer for            said. “The team that we sent says the initial    instance, but now they’re too scared to go     culturally embarrassing.                          “The thing has come back — it came           virus, amid public warnings for people to
Kibaale district where the outbreak had         clinical signs that the patients exhibited are   to bars as they normally do daily,” he said.      “Obviously the thought of catching          first time and we beat it, then it came again   take precautions and avoid physical con-
started, told Reuters by telephone that vil-    typical of Ebola ... also since yesterday, we    “Proprietors of lodges are also seeing their   Ebola scares me to the bone and I would do     and we beat it and now it is back,” he said,    tact.

				
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