On Sept. 20, Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case of the Sudan ebolavirus was confirmed in Mubende district in the central part of the country. The EAC secretariat urged the member states to enhance surveillance and laboratory testing, especially in border areas.
The EAC secretariat also urged the member states to implement appropriate infection prevention and control measures and increase risk communication and community awareness of the disease.
Anthony Kafumbe, the EAC acting deputy secretary general for Productive and Social sectors, asked the EAC member states to consider the deployment of the EAC mobile laboratories to strategic outbreak hotspots and at various border points of entry, said the statement.
According to Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda, there is no need to apply limitations in the central region's Ebola hotspots because the virus is not airborne.