Uganda is working to control the outbreak of the Ebola virus after the Ministry of Health announced that 16 people may have died from the disease.
On Friday, the ministry reported 53 suspected cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, five of which have been laboratory confirmed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in the town of Entebbe.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 32 cases have been admitted to an isolation facility in the Kibaale district in western Uganda, where the outbreak is centered.
Nine of the deaths occurred in a single household in Nyanswiga village and the deceased include a clinical officer who attended to a patient, local reports say.
So far all samples from other districts have tested negative for Ebola, indicating that there has been no expansion of the outbreak, which was declared on 28 July.
Local health authorities are working with several partners, including the WHO and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, to mobilise resources and supplies to treat the virus.
Epidemiologists have arrived in the Kibaale district and are supporting the response by screening and triaging suspected cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever.