Uganda Ebola Outbreak Reaches Capital

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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."

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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.