Ebola claims 14th victim in Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday urged Ugandans to avoid physical contact, after an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus claimed its 14th victim. People should avoid shaking hands, kissing or having sex to prevent the disease from spreading, the President said.

The latest death from the highly infectious disease was the first in the capital, Kampala, since the start of the outbreak in remote western Uganda three weeks ago.

Six patients with suspected Ebola have been admitted to hospital in Kibaale district, the worst affected area, in recent days, a health official said. If the cases are confirmed, it will bring the number of Ugandans infected to 26, in addition to the 14 deaths.