Via Reuters AlertNet: Ebola kills girl in Uganda, more cases expected. Excerpt:
The rare and deadly Ebola virus has killed a 12-year-old Ugandan girl and health officials said on Saturday they expected more cases.
The girl from Luwero district, 75 km (45 miles) north of the capital Kampala, died on May 6, said Anthony Mbonye, the government's commissioner for community health, in the first outbreak of the virus in Uganda in four years.
"Laboratory investigations have confirmed Ebola to be the primary cause of the illness and death. So there is one case reported but we expect other cases," he said.
There is no treatment and no vaccine against Ebola, which is transmitted by close personal contact and, depending on the strain, kills up to 90 percent of victims.
"Just one case is considered an epidemic because it can spread quickly and it is highly fatal."
The last time Uganda was hit by Ebola -- a disease in which those infected often bleed to death -- it killed 37 people.
Ugandan health officials are following up 33 people who were in contact with the girl, he said.
Mbonye asked Ugandans to avoid eating monkeys, and to not hold lengthy funerals, but bury bodies immediately. People have contracted Ebola after eating improperly cooked monkey meat.