29 Jul 2012

Ebola outbreak in Uganda kills at least 13

3:09 pm on 29 July 2012

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has killed at least 13 people and infected a further seven in Uganda.

The health ministry says emergency measures are in place to deal with the outbreak, which began in late June but has only just been confirmed as Ebola.

The cases have been reported in Kibaale district, about 170km to the west of the capital Kampala.

Officials say most are linked to one family, who may have contracted the virus while attending a funeral.

The BBC reports ebola is one of the most virulent diseases in the world. It is spread by close personal contact, and kills up to 90% of those who become infected.

More than 1200 deaths from the virus have been recorded since it was discovered in 1976.