The World Health Organization has confirmed that an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever in Gulu District in northern Uganda is caused by Ebola Virus. Since October 19, 2000 there have been 111 suspected cases including 41 deaths that have been reported. These numbers continue to increase. (Promed Digest V2000). Cases were first identified in the local hospital in Gulu town.
With respect to this current outbreak in Uganda, Health Canada advises that the risk of acquiring Ebola haemorrhagic fever is low unless travelers are in the Gulu District and are caring for an ill individual infected with the Ebola Virus. For more information, visit the disease information page on Ebola.