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Ebola in Uganda - end of outbreak

11 Jan 2023

The Ebola outbreak in Uganda was declared at an end on 11 January 2023, as 42 days have passed since the last patient was discharged from hospital.

In total, there were 164 confirmed and probable cases, including 55 deaths from 20 September 2022 to the end of the outbreak.

Ebola is a type of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF). It is spread through contact with the blood, body fluids or organs of a person or animal with the infection.

Currently, there is no licensed vaccine available for UK travellers to prevent Ebola.

Advice to travellers

The risk to travellers becoming infected or developing Ebola is extremely low.

  • If you are travelling to a known Ebola outbreak area, you must be aware of the risk of infection and transmission routes of Ebola virus.
  • If you are medical personnel travelling to work in an outbreak region, you must follow strict infection prevention control guidance.

You can minimise your risk of becoming infected or developing Ebola by:

  • avoiding direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of people who appear unwell, or touching the bodies of those who have died
  • avoiding touching potentially contaminated linen, clothing, or personal items from unwell people
  • avoiding close contact with wild animals and consumption of ‘bush meat’ from these animals
  • avoiding having unprotected sexual intercourse

General Travel Advice

You can reduce your risk of becoming unwell with more common travel-related diseases in Uganda, including malaria by:

If you think you may need vaccines, malaria advice and/or tablets, you should have a travel health risk assessment.

After Travel

If you become ill when abroad, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

After returning to the UK if you develop a high temperature (fever) with or without additional symptoms (such as a headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, unexplained bleeding / bruising), and you have:

  • returned to the UK within 21 days from a region or area with a known outbreak of Ebola
  • had contact with individuals infected with a VHF

You should seek rapid medical attention by calling NHS 24 (Scotland) or NHS 111 (rest of UK), or by contacting your GP practice by telephone for advice.

  • Always remember to mention your recent travel history, and if you have travelled to a country infected with malaria as this will help identify what the problem could be.

For further information, see the fitfortravel Viral Haemorrhagic Fever page.