Uganda has confirmed one more Ebola infection in its outbreak, a 24-year-old woman from Kampala, the World Health Organization (WHO) Uganda office said in its most recent update.
The woman is a contact of a person who is listed as a probable case. Her illness lifts the country's total to 141 lab-confirmed cases. No new deaths were reported over the past few days, keeping the total at 55, for a case-fatality rate of 39% among the confirmed cases.
The country has also reported 22 suspected cases, all of them fatal.
Uganda's outbreak began in early September and involves the less common Sudan strain. Since then, illnesses have been reported from nine districts, though two earlier-affected locations have gone 42 days with no new cases. In an update yesterday, the WHO African regional office said the outbreak is slowing in six districts, overall.
Matshidiso Moeti, MBBS, director of the WHO African office, said the spread to a third urban area—Jinja—earlier this week is concerning and places a strain on response efforts, but Ugandan officials are keeping pace with the evolving situation. "But with the virus constantly on the move, we must press even harder to stay ahead," she said.
The WHO has launched a $88.2 million appeal to support Uganda's Ebola response and support preparedness in neighboring countries, but so far, only 20% of the funds have been received, Moeti said.