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The BBC's Anna Borzello in Kampala
"Experts are optimistic the epidemic is slowly coming under control"
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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 14:36 GMT
Ebola deaths top 100
ebola victim recovering at Lacor hospital in Gulu
The Ebola virus continues to claim more lives
Four more people have died of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda bringing the death toll to 103, health officials said on Friday.

The latest deaths were reported in the worst hit northern district of Gulu and in the south western town of Mbarara.

More than 300 people are now known to have contracted the disease since the epidemic began in mid-September.


Ebola which causes high fever, vomiting and severe bleeding has no known cure.

Our correspondent in Kampala, Anna Borzello, says Ugandan and international health experts are optimistic that the epidemic is slowly coming under control, despite new deaths and cases being reported daily.

Survivors shunned

Reports from Gulu where 99 of the deaths occurred say survivors of the virus were being shunned on returning home and their belongings burnt by fearful neighbours.

child suspected of having contracted Ebola virus
Ebola victims are quarantined to prevent more infections
"It seems to be universal now... they are burning all their belongings. Their own families still think they are infected," said Dr Sam Okware, head of the Ebola task force.

About 170 people are said to have recovered after contracting the disease.

Dr Okware said the government in collaboration with the international aid agencies had begun to supply basic necessities like blankets and sheets to Ebola victims who had recovered, and to counsel their families and neighbours.

Ebola spreads through direct contact with an infected person.

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