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Published On: Sat, Jan 19th, 2013

Uganda Health Ministry: Luweero Ebola outbreak declared over

Ebola virus  Image/CDC

Ebola virus Image/CDC

As was reported last week, the Uganda Ministry of Health declared the Ebola outbreak that began in Luweero district in mid-November over, according to a AllAfrica report this week.

The declaration announcement happened Wednesday, following the completion of the 42 days countdown period since the last patient was discharged from the isolation Centre. The 42 days is a World Health Organization (WHO) requirement that must be met before declaring the end of an outbreak.

The Luweero outbreak commenced a little over a month after the country declared an Ebola outbreak in Kibaale district over.

According to the report, Health Minister, Dr. Christine Ondoa said during the function to declare the end of the outbreak all structures previously set up to contain outbreaks in various districts were still operational to combat any potential risks.

She said the trained health workers are still actively watching the situation, the laboratory system at the Uganda Virus Research Institute is still operational while the national and district taskforces are all on the alert to watch out for any emerging threats.

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