Uganda has started tracing contacts associated with a Tanzanian doctor who died of suspected Ebola .
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday called for transparency from Tanzanian officials in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, The Associated Press reported.
Azar told reporters in Uganda that he and others are “very concerned” and urged Tanzania’s government to share lab results related to the case.
Congo, which borders Tanzania, is in the midst of the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, with confirmed cases now exceeding 3,000.
Azar said efforts were underway to secure Tanzania’s compliance with international health regulations and obligations to the World Health Organization (WHO) “to protect Tanzanians as well as all people in the region,” according to the AP.
Tanzania’s government is trying to stop any panic after a person died from Ebola virus in Tanzania. It is quite obvious this is what is happening to any reasonable person. .
Tanzania’s government said Saturday there is no confirmed case of Ebola inside its borders.
According to an internal WHO document obtained by AP, the patient, a 34-year-old woman, died on Sept. 8 and was buried the same day.
“This mysterious disease has to be investigated and samples have to be tested. We couldn’t rule out any of the viral hemorrhagic fevers and the investigation will continue,” Dr. Yonas Woldemariam, the WHO representative in Uganda, said Monday.
President Museveni made the revelation during a joint press briefing with the visiting US secretary for Health and Human Services at State House in Entebbe.
Mr Museveni said health officials have started tracing all those who came into contacts with the suspected case before she went back to Tanzania for examination and possible isolation.
The 34-year-old Tanzanian, whose identity has not yet been revealed, had been studying a postgraduate degree at Makerere University.
She succumbed to Ebola-like sickness last week, raising fears that she had contracted the disease while in Uganda.
However, the Tanzanian government dismissed the claim, saying she died of a different disease, although they could not confirm the disease.
This all shows the indication of a huge government cover up so as not to scare people that in fact a person died from ebola virus in Tanzanian.
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