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WHO official: Ebola under control in Uganda

Security personnel wear gloves to check motorists entering and exiting Mulago hospital in Uganda's capital of Kampala July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu

Security personnel wear gloves to check motorists entering and exiting Mulago hospital in Uganda's capital of Kampala July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu

A World Health Organization official says the Ebola outbreak in Uganda is under control.

Joaquim Saweka, the WHO representative in Uganda, told reporters Friday that everyone known to have had contact with Ebola victims has been isolated — a total of 176 people.

Ebola was confirmed in Uganda on July 28, several days after the deadly disease had started killing villagers in a remote corner of western Uganda.

At least 16 Ugandans have died so far, and officials say the 176 are being closely monitored for signs and symptoms of the disease.

Saweka said that organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are helping Ugandan officials to control the spread of Ebola.

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