Uganda: Passenger With Ebola-like Symptoms Put In Isolation

Uganda said it had placed a passenger with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease.

“There is a suspected case, samples have been taken from the suspect and we are analysing them,” said Ugandan health ministry spokesman Rukia Nakamatte.

The passenger is the first to be tested in east Africa in the current outbreak sweeping west Africa, although Uganda has suffered Ebola outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2012.

The patient was stopped as he arrived in Uganda’s main Entebbe airport showing signs of fever, Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper said, quoting airport officials.

However, he had reportedly been working in neighbouring South Sudan, the newspaper said, where no cases of the Ebola virus have been reported.

Reports of a case in late July in northern Uganda proved to be a false alarm.

Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people since breaking out in west Africa earlier this year, according to the World Health Organisation.

Uganda, with its past experience of Ebola, has sent a medical team to west Africa to help.

Nations across east Africa have said they have boosted measures to combat possible Ebola cases arriving in their countries.

Kenya and Ethiopia, home to some of Africa’s largest transport hubs, last month said they had set up screening points at airports.

Uganda Police Raid US-Funded HIV Project For ‘Training Youths In Homos3xuality’’

Uganda police raided a US-funded HIV project for “training youths in homos3xuality”, the government said, weeks after the president signed a widely criticised anti-homos3xuality law. The Walter Reed Project, which provides treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, said it had suspended its operations after one of its staff was briefly detained in the raid on Thursday. It appeared to be the first such move since Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in February signed a bill that calls for “repeat homos3xuals” to be jailed for life and requires people to report gays. The bill drew international condemnation, with US Secretary of State John Kerry likening it to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany. “Police today busted Walter Reed Project for training youths in homos3xuality,” Ugandan government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo said on Friday. Police said they had arrested and briefly detained one individual at the Walter Reed premises in Kampala, but denied a raid had taken place. “We had for some time been following up on one person who had a regular presence at the premises and was engaged in suspicious activities with other people involving recruitment and training of youths into homos3xuality,” Kampala police spokesman, Ibn Senkumbi stated. The Walter Reed Project receives US funding and has expanded to treat other communicable diseases. A message posted on its website said it had suspended its activities after an employee was briefly detained. “Until we have greater clarity as to the legal basis for the police action, the operations of the program are temporarily suspended,” it stated. An AFP journalist in the Ugandan capital said police were again deployed at Walter Reed on Friday night.