Uganda: Ebola's back

The president of Uganda has "banned all physical contact" as the deadly Ebola virus is reported in the city's capital, Kampala, for the first time. “The Ministry of Health are tracing all the people who have had contact with the victims,” president Yoweri Museveni said in a state broadcast. 14 have died of Ebola in Uganda in the past 3 weeks. (via @seanbonner)


  1. The disease has not “spread to the capital”. One of the victims was taken to a hospital there, where s/he later died.

  2. After reading the Hot Zone, the mere mention of ebola gives me nightmares. Reading something like this makes it pretty hard to keep my panic in check.
    The only saving grace of this horrible disease is that it’s not airborne… yet.

    1. That depends on whether anybody made it past the check-in gate before they became symptomatic, right?

  3. Given that the symptoms of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever include diarrhea, vomitting, and internal and external bleeding, one hardly needs to “take a bath in or play in other peoples blood” or “eating body parts” to be exposed. Simply trying to take care of someone who has it can be sufficient exposure, especially if you don’t have access to adequate medical supplies.

  4. “Some of them  also believe in eating body parts of albino children, so this may be a lo[o]sing battle”

    So there _is_ a bright side to it!

    And I am _so_ going to imaginary hell, because as soon as I read the headline, I thought, “Ebola’s back, and you’re gonna be sorry!  Hey-na hey-na!  Ebola’s back!”

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