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Published On: Thu, Aug 9th, 2012

Reports of Ebola in Tanzania unfounded

Reports of two cases, a mother and son, from Tanzania being infected with the very lethal Ebola virus have been reported from various news sources recently. It is reported that the pair contracted the virus after returning from a trip

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to Uganda where an Ebola outbreak killed at least 16 people last week.

However, the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare dismisses the report as unfounded.

According to a Tanzania Daily News report Tuesday, “A 6-year-old boy was on Friday [3 Aug 2012], taken to Nyakahanga Hospital in Karagwe with symptoms feared to be that of [ebolavirus infection], but preliminary tests found out that he was suffering from urinary tract infection (UTI) that caused him to urinate blood,” reads the statement from Dar es Salaam.

The Health ministry says it has positioned itself very well in defending its people over the disease in case it breaks in Tanzania. The ministry has dispatched teams of experts to various regions including Mara, Mwanza, Kagera, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, and Arusha.

ProMED-mail Rapporteur Kunihiko Iizuka stated on that website, “There are now no confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever beyond the surroundings of Kibaale district in Uganda. Much of the reporting of this outbreak has been both alarmist and inaccurate.”

 

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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