A Ugandan health official says six more patients suspected to have Ebola have been admitted to the hospital days after investigators confirmed an outbreak of the highly infectious disease in a remote corner of western Uganda.

Stephen Bayaruhanga, health secretary of the affected Kibaale district, said Monday that possible cases of Ebola, at first concentrated in a single village, are now being reported in more villages.

But many sick people with suspected Ebola are unwilling to be taken to the hospital, he said, because they are terrified of contracting the disease if Ebola is not what they have.

If the six new cases are confirmed as Ebola, it would bring to 26 the number of Ugandans infected with the virus this month. At least 14 people have died.