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How will Ebola outbreak affect Uganda’s struggling economy?

As tourism businesses raise alarm, economists remain cautiously optimistic that if the Ebola outbreak doesn’t last long, it will not have dire effects on Uganda’s economy, which like many across the continent, has incurred shocks from the Ukraine war, and is yet to recover from the Covid-19.

The world is starting to react to the outbreak by adopting extra measures, such as screening for travellers from Uganda. First reported on 20 September in Mubende district, 100 kilometres from the capital city Kampala, the Ebola virus has since spread to five districts. There are 43 confirmed cases and nine deaths as per latest government statistics.

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