KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Laboratory results for a suspected deadly Ebola
case in western Uganda has tested negative, a ministry of health
spokesperson said here Sunday.
ministry of health spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that
the samples taken from a 26-year-old male who died suddenly on
Friday at Bwindi hospital in Kanungu district have tested
negative of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever.
The deceased died
after presenting Ebola-like symptoms of high fever, bleeding and
vomiting blood, causing fears in the east African country.
“The blood sample
obtained from the 26-year-old male has tested negative of both
Ebola Virus Disease and Marburg at Uganda Virus Research
Institute, Entebbe,” said Nakaliika.
Uganda is currently
on an alert of the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever from the neighboring
Democratic Republic of Congo that reported Ebola cases,
according to the ministry of health.
Ebola and Marburg
virus last broke out in the east African nation in 2012. Ebola
left over 20 people dead while Marburg killed at least nine
Ebola is a highly
infectious disease spread through body contact with an infected
person. It presents symptoms including high fever, bleeding,
diarrhea and red eyes, among others.
Mortality rates of
Ebola fever, according to the World Health Organization, are
extremely high, with the human case fatality rate ranging from
50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral subtype.