No Ebola Christmas Travel Alert will be Issued by Government

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The Ministry of Health has said that it does not intend to issue any travel restrictions to Bundibugyo or any other districts in Western Uganda because of the Ebola epidemic. A statement from the Director General of Health Services, Sam Zaramba, says no travel restrictions will be issued for the Christmas holidays because Ebola is only transmitted through direct contact with an Ebola patient or contact with body fluids from an infected person. However he says the public is urged to avoid unnecessary movements and gatherings in the districts around Bundibugyo, particularly Kabarole, Kasese, Hoima, Kibaale, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Ibanda, Bushenyi and Mbarara. According to Ministry of Health statistics there has not been a fatality due to Ebola for about one week now and only two new cases have been reported. The cumulative Ebola cases to date are 131 patients, with 35 deaths. Zaramba says the epidemic is being contained. He calls on the public to be compassionate and provide care and support to persons that have been discharged, stressing that these people are not infectious and therefore should not be discriminated against.