Uganda Ebola Outbreak Kills 13

By Amir Khan on July 28, 2012 1:03 PM EDT

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A researcher working with the Ebola virus while wearing a BSL-4 positive pressure suit to avoid infection (Photo: Creative Commons)

An outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 13 people in Uganda, according to World Health Organization officials. Health officials are attempting to contain the deadly disease, but have not yet confirmed where the outbreak began.

"There are a total of 20 people suspected to have contracted Ebola and 13 of them have died," Joaquim Saweka, WHO's representative in Uganda, told Reuters. "A team of experts from the government, WHO and CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) are in the field and following up on all suspected cases and those who got into contact with patients."

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Saweka said it's likely the outbreak began in the Kibale district, approximately 100 miles away from Uganda's capital of Kampala. And while the origin has not been confirmed, 18 of the 20 cases are linked to one family.

There is no treatment or vaccine against Ebola. It is transmitted through close contact and is very deadly -- approximately 90 of people who contract the virus die from it. Symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, rashes and impaired kidney, liver and other organ function.

The last case of Ebola in Uganda was in May 2011, when it killed a 12-year-old girl. In 2000, an outbreak of the disease infected more than 425 people and killed half.

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