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Uganda Wildlife Authority Clears Kibale National Park on the Recent Deadly Ebola Virus Confusion

With the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in Kibaale district, there is total confusion in the wildlife and tourism sectors with many people thinking that the disease is found in Kibale National Park where the famous tourist activities including chimp tracking and habituation, forest hikes, bird walks, cultural heritage and nature trails take place.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) informs the public especially the tourism sector players that Kibale National Park located in Kamwenge and Kabarole Districts. The park is over 90km from Kibaale District, the epicenter of the disease.

However, Uganda Wildlife Authority acknowledged the potential threat how the disease is spread and being a member of the multi-institutional task force that is handling the Ebola crisis, and is therefore working very closely with the various health experts to stem the problem. UWA advises members of the public and tourists as follows:-

  1. Tourists should not make stopovers enroute to the national parks and they should desist from shaking hands with anyone.
  2. Tour companies should establish in advance the safety of the routes that tourists will use when travelling between national parks so as to use the safest routes.
  3. For the time being, tourists and their minders should not eat in restaurants outside their places of abode.
  4. Tourism sector players should vigilantly seek information from the health experts both at the national and the local level.
  5. Tourists are also advised to seek information from the UWA staff in the respective national parks on issues of safety.
  6. The chimpanzees in Kibale National Park are not the cause of the Ebola outbreak and they are safe to track. In fact Kibale National Park is currently handling up to 50 tourists a day from all corners of the world, while nearby parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are also operating normally.

For the good health of travellers, Just Travel Uganda wish to inform and recommend all UWA advises to the public and tourist travelling or wish to travel to Uganda.

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June 27, 2017, 11:48 am
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