South Sudanese Man Tests Negative For Ebola, says health ministry

Health ministry spokeswoman Rukia Nakamatte says a man put in isolation with fever had tested negative for the deadly tropical disease Ebola.

Health Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda
Health Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda

“The results came in and it is not a case,” said health ministry spokeswoman Rukia Nakamatte.

The passenger was 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 at Entebbe airport showing signs of fever, after arriving from neighbouring South Sudan, where no cases of the Ebola virus have been reported.

bola has claimed at least 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people since it broke 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.

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