Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Ebola Outbreak in Uganda Continues

Another man died yesterday in Bundibugyo Hospital in Uganda, the 17th mortality due to Ebola in the regional epidemic since August. Many more medical workers are suspected to have been infected as well, particularly those working in a make-shift isolation ward at the hospital. The resources for proper isolation measures are not currently available, leaving the understaffed medical team at ongoing risk. In epidemics of extremely transmissible pathogens like Ebola or SARS CoV, hospitals and other medical centers often facilitate transmission, and become amplifiers of the epidemic. Proper behavioral preventions, like barrier nursing and proper isolation, may be the only way to effectively stop this outbreak.

- Claire


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