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Uganda’s Ebola Death Toll at 75

October 31, 2000

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ The death toll from the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in northern Uganda rose to 75 after two more people died in the past 24 hours, a health official said Tuesday.

Francis Omaswa, director general of Uganda’s medical services, said 15 new cases had also been identified in the same period, bringing the number of known cases to 239.

All the confirmed Ebola cases are in and around the town of Gulu, 220 miles north of Kampala, the capital. The outbreak was confirmed on Oct. 14.

Omaswa said 11 people had been discharged from hospitals during the last 24 hours, bringing the number who have recovered from the virus to 107.

There is no known medical cure for Ebola, which causes hemorrhagic fever, but patients treated with aggressive rehydration therapy have a chance of survival.

Experts from the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and Doctors without Borders are in Gulu helping Ugandan authorities contain the disease.

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