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Friday, 20 October, 2000, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Ebola claims six more lives

Another six deaths have been reported overnight by health workers battling the epidemic of ebola fever around Gulu in northern Uganda.

It brings to forty-seven the total number of deaths, out of one-hundred-and-twenty-two cases.

The head of the World Health Organisation team in the affected area Guenael Rodier said there was much less transmission of the disease than two weeks ago, with the vast majority of cases already in hospital.

But he said it would take at least ten days -- the length of the incubation period -- before the number of new cases began to shrink. The United Nations food agency has pledged to continue distributing food in northern Uganda.

A spokesman for the World Food Programme said it would employ special measures such as protective clothing and extra security at distribution sites.

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