Deadly ebola virus reaches Ugandan capital

  • Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has urged the public to avoid physical contact after one person died after contracting the deadly Ebola virus in the capital Kampala.

    Fourteen people have now lost their lives since the outbreak began in western Uganda three weeks ago.

    As of yet, there have been no confirmed cases of the infection spreading in Kampala.

    Ebola is one of the most dangerous diseases in the world and is spread by close personal contact, killing up to 90 percent of those who become infected.

    Museveni said health officials were trying to trace individuals who had had contact with victims in order for them to be quarantined.

    Seven doctors and 13 health workers at Kampala's Mulago hospital were in quarantine after "at least one or two cases" were taken there from Kibaale district, some 100 miles west of the capital.

    The latest victim was a health worker who had been transferred to Kampala.