As of 25 October, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has
reported 176 cases, including 64 deaths. A report yesterday from a Reuter's reporter quotes a Ugandan health official who believes that although newly reported cases have held steady at 5-10 per week, the epidemic will continue for the next 2-3 months.
There have been suspected cases reported from several
settlements for internally displaced persons in Gulu district and mobile teams of health
care workers and volunteers are carrying out case finding and contact tracing in these
settlements. The focus is also on increasing public awareness of the disease and its
A radio communications centre has been established in Gulu.
Twenty hand-held radios with a dedicated frequency have been dispersed to the mobile
teams who are now able to inform the centre quickly of suspected cases and contacts,
request transport for ill persons and request burial teams.
To date, the National Task Force for the Control of Viral
Haemorrhagic Fevers has not confirmed any cases outside Gulu district in Uganda. WHO
supports enhanced surveillance but does not recommend any special restrictions on travel
or trade with Uganda.
Coordination of response
The National Task Force for the Control of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers has established the
following teams to manage the response to the outbreak:
Participants in Gulu district include experts from the
Ugandan Ministry of Health, WHO Headquarters, Regional Office and Uganda Office, WHO
Collaborating Centre at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United
States, Epicentre, France, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) Italy, Médecins sans
Frontières (MSF) International and Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine,
One hundred and thirty-six health care workers and volunteers in mobile teams are
implementing active surveillance in Gulu district using a standardized case definition,
patient and contact registration forms. Training of health care workers is ongoing.
Teams have also been trained in the collection and burial
The wards in Gulu Hospital and Lacor St. Mary's Hospital are being managed
effectively by trained workers and strict barrier nursing is in place. Training of
new nurses is being carried out.
The laboratory set up in Gulu district by the WHO Collaborating Centre at the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States is operational and
diagnostic tests are under way.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health is using radio, videos, posters and flyers to
disseminate health education messages. Public awareness of the disease and its containment