Emergency taskforce set up to tackle Ugandan Ebola crisis

A World Health Organisation (WHO) representative and health officials old a news conference in the Ugandan capital of Kampala that there is "an outbreak of Ebola" in the country, which has killed 14 people this month.

The Ugandan government and WHO issued a joint statement:

Laboratory investigations done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute have confirmed that the strange disease reported in Kibaale is indeed Ebola haemorrhagic fever.

Officials urged Ugandans to be calm, saying a national emergency taskforce had been set up to stop the disease from spreading far and wide.

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Ebola virus outbreak kills 14

The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, health officials said, ending weeks of speculation. The health ministry has said emergency measures are in place to deal with the outbreak, which began in late June.