Africa’s top public health body said on Thursday there was a risk that the Ebola outbreak in Uganda could spread. However, it was still manageable at this stage and emergency measures were unnecessary.
“The risk is there but it is a manageable risk,” Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Acting Director of Africa CDC, told reporters at an online briefing.
He said there was no need to go into “full emergency measures mode” at this stage.
There have been 60 confirmed and 20 probable cases since the outbreak began last month, and 44 deaths, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
The strain spreading in Uganda is the Sudan strain, and the existing vaccines and therapies do not work against it.
Ouma said there were plans to launch vaccine trials but no timeframe for the tests had been confirmed.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Saturday the government was implementing some lockdown measures, including restricting movement and closing places of worship and entertainment, in Mubende and Kassanda districts in central Uganda, the epicentre of the epidemic.