Via the Sunday Monitor in Kampala: Ebola scare: Masaka samples negative. Excerpt and then a comment:
Preliminary results from the samples taken from suspected Ebola victims in Masaka Regional Referral Hospital have tested negative, easing tension that had gripped health workers and residents in the area.
The hospital currently has six patients admitted with a strange illness that has symptoms similar to those of the deadly haemorrhagic fever - Ebola and Marburg diseases or Rift Valley fever.
Prior to admission of the patients, the district had registered four deaths with similar symptoms in one-and-half months. The deaths were reported in the parishes of Kasaka and Mazinga in Buwunga Sub-county.
But Dr Stuart Musisi, the district health officer, said they preferred to conduct expert medical tests on the samples taken from the victims to establish the actual type of infection bothering the community.
However, on Thursday, Dr Musisi said the preliminary results from tests taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe have so far tested negative to Ebola, Marburg, Rift Valley fever viruses that had highly been suspected.
He urged the public to remain calm as they wait for comprehensive examinations on other possible fevers.
Dr Musisi also appealed to residents to report all similar cases they come across and avoid seeking services of traditional healers.
The Ugandans know their stuff about Ebola, and did good work in helping fight the West African outbreak. If they don't think this is Ebola, I'll take their word for it.