There are presently major projects underway in Uganda, and the current Ebola outbreak in the country is a significant concern for organisations with employees based or travelling there.
This current outbreak is caused by the Sudan Ebola virus strain, while most of the outbreaks in Western Africa in previous years were related to the Zaire strain of Ebola virus. Since there are no licensed vaccines currently available against the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus, it is important to have updated medical information regarding the current outbreak, and to prioritise communication and education on Ebola prevention.
Ebola virus can be spread through:
- Direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person
- Direct contact with, or eating the meat of infected animal
- Exposure to contaminated environment or items (e.g. needles or soiled bed linen)
- Unprotected sex with an infected person, including those who have survived infection
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