Drinking holy waters to fight the Ebola outbreak, in Uganda, is being tested in response to the country’s first case in a city with no history of infections, local health officials said Monday.
The health department says about 100 people, including a number of infants, have tested positive for the virus.
“We have confirmed the first case of Ebola in Uganda,” the health ministry said in a statement.
It didn’t say when the case occurred.
The first case was diagnosed in a public health lab in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Sept. 9.
The patient has since died.
Health ministry officials say people who have been tested for the Ebola virus must have had contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus, such as an infected person.
In addition, people who are infected must stay in close contact with the infected person for two weeks and have contact with any person who has died from Ebola.
The virus can cause death in just 10 days.
The Uganda health ministry says the first cases have been confirmed in Kampala and nearby cities, and that more cases may be found.
It says the new case in Kampal will be tested and will be put under surveillance.