14 Die in Ebola Outbreak

The hemorrhagic fever named Ebola, after the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Condo, is threatening populations in Uganda. Officials report that about 20 people have contracted the deadly virus in the Kibale district, which sits 100 miles west of the capital, Kampala, and 14 have died from it.

The Guardian reports that about 18 of the 20 of the currently reported cases in Uganda are connected to one family. Since Ebola quickly passes between people who have close physical contact, family members would be the first to quickly contract the illness.

The outbreak of Ebola was not confirmed until Friday afternoon and a team of health experts was dispatched to the area by the World Health Organization, the New York Times reports. Initial reports stated that a “strange illness” was affecting the area several weeks ago. It took officials time to test the strain in laboratories before confirming it was Ebola.

Ebola has become famous throughout the world for its quick and deadly effects. Certain strains kill between 70 and 90 percent of the people who contract the virus. Symptoms include muscle weakness, extremely high fever, vomiting, and internal and external bleeding. These symptoms normally escalate alarmingly quickly.

Previous outbreaks have erupted quite regularly over the years in this area of the world. The first noted outbreak took place in 1976. In 2000, Uganda suffered a major outbreak in which 425 contracted the virus and more than half died from it. In 2007, another 39 people were killed by the virus and last May a 12-year-old girl perished too.

Perhaps the most frightening aspect of Ebola is some of the mysterious aspects of the illness. Researchers still do not understand the origins of the virus or how to cure it. Ebola also has a hard time traveling very far or quickly because of its delicate composition and environmental needs, the New York Times notes.

The mysterious nature of Ebola means it is unlikely to become a biological weapon anytime in the near future, although U.S. officials have kept their eyes on Uganda over the years. A New York Times report from 2010 notes that researchers kept the Ebola virus in an unsecured refrigerator in Uganda in order to study its composition, making some fear security isn’t tight enough around the deadly virus.

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Photo Credit: Center for Disease Control


Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago


Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago


Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

The Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a terrible disease. Its one positive is that it kills its victims so quickly it often burns itself out and does not have the time to spread very far.

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

With the advent of travel- it is just a matter of hours to get from here to there, the threat of Ebola can not be taken lightly. Control should be immediately instituted where the ebola virus is detected.

Juliet Defarge
judith sanders5 years ago

Still not as dangerous as antibiotic-resistant TB.

Deborah F.
Deborah F5 years ago

I wondered where that "Condo" was located myself. Made me laugh at a very not-funny-at-all topic.

Leia P.
Leia P5 years ago


Troy G.
Troy Grant5 years ago

Bush meat is considered to be the vector for Ebola. A campaign to end bush meat consumption to prevent Ebola would also benefit endangered apes, monkeys and many other wildlife species in decline from human encroachment into wildlife habitat.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

also a reminder of how important water and sanitation can be for preserving life

Kaitlin Carney
Kaitlin Carney5 years ago

Ebola is probably the scariest disease out there. Read the books about it: "The Hot Zone" and "Ebola." I was turned onto these books in my freshman health class in the International High School may years ago. They may be somewhat fictionalized, but they are both by people who had first hand experience with Ebola in Africa.
Seriously, a disease where you go crazy and then bleed out of every orifice?!? Hope our modern transportation systems don't work against us and this doesn't end up all over the world, especially with an up to 90% mortality rate!!