(eTN) – TOURISTS visiting the Rwenzori region are not at risk of catching Ebola, the Uganda Wildlife Authority executive director has said reports Geresom Musamali.
Moses Mapesa yesterday said hygiene and good sanitary practices were emphasised in the tourist facilities that include the Queen Elizabeth and Kibaale national parks and the ice-capped Margarita peak of Mt. Rwenzori.
Dismissing reports that the wildlife officials had issued an Ebola alert to tourists, Mapesa said: “Nobody is in danger of catching Ebola for as long as they jump into tourist vehicles in Kampala and head straight for the hotels and lodges in the national parks and game reserves.
Mapesa pointed out that wildlife authority staff live inside the parks and reserves, far from the villages where cases of Ebola had been reported. He said there had been no decline in tourist traffic.
Over 80 people have been reported to have caught the deadly viral disease in the Rwenzori region.