Uganda Ebola Outbreak Reaches Capital

Tyler Durden's picture

We doubt Mariano Rajoy had contagious diseases in mind when a month ago he told his economy minister that Spain is not the grief stricken African country, but today Spain certainly is lucky not to be Uganda, where a freak outbreak of Ebola, which has already claimed 14 lives, has spread to the capital. From BBC: "Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has called on people to avoid physical contact, after the deadly Ebola virus spread to the capital, Kampala. Fourteen people have died, including one in Kampala, since the outbreak began in western Uganda three weeks ago, he said in a special broadcast. Ebola is one of the most virulent diseases in the world."


Mr Museveni said health officials were trying to trace everyone who had had contact with victims so that they could be quarantined.


People should avoid shaking hands, kissing or having sex to prevent the disease from spreading, he added.


Mr Museveni said relatives and friends should not bury anyone who is suspected to have died of Ebola.


"Instead call health workers because they know how to do it," he said.


Mr Museveni said seven doctors and 13 health workers at Mulago hospital - the main referral hospital in Kampala - are in quarantine after "at least one or two cases" were taken there.


One victim later died.


"I wish you good luck, and may God rest the souls of those who died in eternal peace," Mr Museveni said, as he ended his address to the nation.

In other news, at last check the Uganda 10 Year Bond was trading at about 15%. Unclear if the ECB is involved in keeping these artificially low as well.

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malikai's picture

Ebola is one scary ass horrible way to die.

battle axe's picture

Stephen King's The Stand.

Ivanovich's picture

Read "The Hot Zone" for a more accurate tale of Ebola's woe.  You'll never want to go to Africa after that read (though Ebola Reston was found right outside DC).

Biosci's picture

Laurie Garrett's "The Coming Plague" is a less sensationalist account of that and related viral outbreaks.

metastar's picture

Eurola. It's a terrible way to die with Euros bleeding out every orifice and blood in the streets.

redpill's picture

At least Ebola gets you quickly.  Eurola on the other hand stretches out the agony for a long long time.

CPL's picture

Yeah...I noticed that AP wire, then it just vanished into thin air, nothing has been reported otherwise on the matter. 


It just walked in the door of a DC hospital and that was the last anyone heard as of last week Friday.





Matt's picture

USAMRIID has invested in a project to treat ebola which looks promising. sounds like another year or two before it's ready:  click on TKM Ebola

General Decline's picture

"You'll never want to go to Africa after that read"
Goin to central Africa on Wednesday. Perfect timing.

e-recep's picture

for those who want to know in detail "how" the patient dies :

horrible, simply horrible. :(

KK Tipton's picture

Watch for this stuff here:

RSOE EDIS - (World) Emergency and Disaster Information Service -


Bio events:

Click on the "details" or "event"...then on the "event" page, click "description" to see what's going on.


Stuff like this:

Biological Hazard in Denmark on Tuesday, 10 July, 2012 Copenhagen

"Danish authorities say an intravenous drug user who injected heroin and died has tested positive for anthrax. The Health Ministry suspects the drug was contaminated with the bacillus anthracis strain of anthrax. The 55-year-old addict died Sunday. Terrorism is not suspected, and the health ministry says there is no risk of contagion because the bacteria cannot be passed from person to person. Anthrax is a deadly disease that can be treated with antibiotics if caught early. Officials said Monday they will compare the case to two similar deaths in Germany in June. Last week, German officials said there may be a link between contaminated heroin found in Germany and an anthrax outbreak in Scotland in 2009 and 2010, which left 10 people dead."




ElvisDog's picture

Wow, makes you wonder what the Ebola patient is going to die from (liver, brain, heart, kidney, lung failure)? Also makes me wonder how 10% of the people survive it.

CPL's picture

I'll avoid licking public door knobs from this point on.

BigJim's picture

One by one, even the simplest pleasures are taken from us. Are our rights so easily stripped away? Where will it end?

CPL's picture

They came for my door licking shenanigans,

Then they came for my ass picking and sniffing in public,

...wait wutamisaying?

KK Tipton's picture

Also avoid German heroin.....

Pretorian's picture

Again nice intelligence work. H1a1, bird flu... all lab art work now tested on population.

Vince Clortho's picture

The testing is on-going.  The goal is to perfect pathogens that can be targeted at specific groups.

BigJim's picture

'Central Banker Flu' is the one I eagerly await

malikai's picture

It's already a pandemic. Unfortunately, it kills everyone else.

ghengis86's picture

Ebola? I thought central banking and fiat currency was the most virulent disease in the world.

malikai's picture

In other news: Ben Bernanke is on a meet and greet with local villagers in western Uganda where he is teaching young Ugandan economists the mysteries of modern day Keynesianism.

MassDecep's picture

And Ben is vaccinated with a vaccine that actually works. Not for you and me though..

fonzannoon's picture

There is a simple answer to this. Have the fed buy up all the Ebola's. Especially the ones on the long end of the curve. If need be they can sell short dated Ebola's and use that to keep buying the long end and suppress it. It won't solve the structural problem but it will keep the Ebola's down until scientists from both sides finally come together to solve the problem.

Subliminal messenger's picture

"People should avoid shaking hands, kissing or having sex to prevent the disease from spreading, he added."

Since Uganda has the highest birthrate in the world, I support that statement. Keep it, uh, up.

westboundnup's picture

Isolate him!  Isolate him!

TrainWreck1's picture

Not to worry, Uganda's leader is an economist. They can fix anything.

While Obote was struggling to control the various factions in Uganda, Yoweri Museveni emigrated to study political science and economics at University College in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. Museveni obtained a bachelors degree in economics in 1970 and returned to his homeland to work in the Obote government.

Sudden Debt's picture

luckely spain isn't Uganda....

Sudden Debt's picture

I was watching the same thing last week also about this outbreak and the reporter linked it at the bacteria environnement at JFK airport.


sudzee's picture

All metal fittings in public places need to be made of silver.

Sudden Debt's picture

to bad they used all the remaining silver on the olympic medals...


Sudden Debt's picture

the article is from 2011 so by now those soldiers all got aids from the local woman and gained 30 pounds from the constant BBQ's....


bigwavedave's picture

They need to shut the airport. This shit is no joke. It is perhaps the oldest virus we know about (with Marburg). And if it gets into a major transportation network then forget going to work again for a long time.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Bigwavedave; They will never do it. Just like back in '09 with the swine flu, the CDC and Obama administration knew about it being in Mexico for at least a month before the announcement was made of the presence of it here. Commerce trumps lives {ours at least}. A month is an eternity when dealing with virus contagion.

bigwavedave's picture

True. But Ebola isnt like flu. The only treatment is black garbage bags and lots of bleach soaked mops.

LFMayor's picture

They used a fuel air explosive with good results in the movie, if it's any kind of documentary.

Muppet Pimp's picture

Juncker has reccomended launching a special purpose financing vehicle at the ECB called the WAF (We Are Fucked) to buy special issue Ugandan EOB's (Ebola Outbreak Bonds).  The WAF will be initially backed by a collection of antique coloring books Juncker picked up at a mini-storage auction this past weekend and levered up on 100:1 using a independent experts potential retail valuation.  The transaction is expected to be conducted through an intermediary so as to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission.  Juncker has concluded this is consistent with the ECB mandate.

Hobbleknee's picture

I saw Outbreak like 5 times in the theater when it came out.  Man, I was bored that summer.

Sudden Debt's picture

Alcohol, beach and chicks. Those 3 mixed into a blend create the best summers.


Hobbleknee's picture

I wasted my youth on prude girlfriends.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

How they have managed to keep this super bug "contained" this long is really a surprise to me. Just a matter of time though.

Biosci's picture

It stays "contained" by having people not touch other people's blood.  It's not that difficult.

LFMayor's picture

I think it's harder than you think when you live packed into cow-shit huts and the blood is fountaining out of all the afflicted's orifices.  Sort of like a game of High Stakes Twister.

Jena's picture

Exactly.  When the sick person is sweating like they've got a bad case of malaria in the early hours, their family will take care of them.  Then, as the bleeding starts, they'll still try to help them.  It goes everywhere because that is what heavy bleeding does.  Turning your back on someone you love is easy to say but may be impossible to do.  Standing back and just waiting for help that may be days away?  

I couldn't do that to my husband.

Jena's picture

Blood, tears, urine, feces, sweat... all body secretions.  That's why family members in Africa get infected by bathing their dead relatives prior to the funeral:  They come in contact with one or more of these secretions because they aren't wearing full body protection.  Even wearing latex gloves would cut down on a lot of the transmission but even splashing a tiny droplet of something carried by water into the eye or mouth would probably result in transmission.

It stays contained by not having any contact with ill, dying or dead patients.

Things that go bump's picture

It is also contained by its virulence.  People die too quickly for it to spread very far.   I read of a nurse who was saved when she fell ill, because an African doctor injected a blood product from a survivor.  The WHO doctors advised him not to do it, their reasoning having something to do with scientific method.  I imagine they were muttering darkly about double blind studies and FDA approval.  

Axenolith's picture

Because as far as Virii go, it's pretty damn hard to transmit (body fluid contact as opposed to airborne).  Also, extremely virulent pathogens lose their lethality over time because it's evolutionarily advantageous for the hosts to live (long enough, or overall) to facilitate spreading.

Ebola retains it's lethality because (so far) it is always confined to a small infection group which is quickly eradicated.