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New Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Hemera/Thinkstock(KAMPALA) – ABC News has learned of reports of a new Ebola outbreak in Uganda, not far from the capital of Kampala.

The country’s Ministry of Health released a statement Thursday morning, saying that two family members from the Luweero district were confirmed dead from the dangerous virus, and a third death is currently under investigation. A group of five people that have been in contact with the bodies is currently being monitored for any possible signs of the sickness.

The Ministry has also cited safety measures it is taking to contain the outbreak, including immediate isolation of suspected cases, taskforces already on the ground to assess the situation, and plans to create special facilities at local health centers and hospitals.

This is the second outbreak of Ebola to have occurred in Uganda this year. The first outbreak happened in July, where 17 people died before the virus was successfully contained.

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