Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has called on people to avoid physical contact, after the deadly Ebola virus spread to the capital, Kampala. Fourteen people have died, including one in Kampala, since the outbreak began in western Uganda three weeks ago, he said in a special broadcast.
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.
Areas to think about:
- What is Ebola? Why is it so infamous?
- There has been one historical case of Ebola infection in the UK; can you guess where? (highlight the following area for the answer: Porton Down, the bioweapons research laboratory. A lab worker was accidentally exposed to and infected by Ebola but successfully treated.)
- What are the ethical arguments around doctors being involved in that kind of research?