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JUST IN: Public gatherings banned in Kasese due to Ebola outbreak

Ebola treatment centre in Kasese. Public gatherings banned in Kasese as Ebola escalates. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA -The Ministry of Health has on Thursday, June 13 banned all public gatherings within Kasese district in a bid to prevent the deadly disease from spreading further.

This comes after the Ministry of Health declaring a second Ebola fatality in the western district that has so far killed two people in just two days after the virus spread from neighbouring – DR Congo.

“Uganda has banned public gatherings in Kasese district, a part of the country where an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has been confirmed,” Emmanuel Ainebyona the Health Ministry spokesman declared.

A five-year-old boy was the first confirmed Ebola victim, his death was shortly followed by a 50-year-old Congolese woman.

The boy’s three-year-old brother is also infected and is currently undergoing treatment.

The three individuals were part of a family group that travelled to DRC to care for a relative, who also died of Ebola, before returning to Uganda.

Following the death of the queen mother of Rwenzururu Kingdom, the Ministry of Health has issued guidelines for the kingdom which will be used in the burial of the deceased on June 14 as a way of controlling and preventing the spread of Ebola.

The Health Ministry will sensitize all the Palace residents in order to equip them with information.

“Surveillance teams will support the burial arrangements of the late Queen mother and supervise processes to ensure minimal risks of spread of information,” reads the statement in part.

The ministry has also re-assured International travellers about the safety of the country as national parks and tourist sites remain open and accessible to the general public.

In addition, the public has been discouraged from spreading false rumours about the Ebola outbreak.

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