(NEWSnet) — An outbreak of Ebola in Uganda has put officials on high alert.

A clinic is believed to have treated its first confirmed patient, a 24-year-old man, who caught the virus.

A lab technician said the young man presented with Malaria-like symptoms when he came in.

Many health facilities are cautious of patients who come with high temperatures, fearing they might be carrying the deadly virus.

According to the Ministry of Health, since the outbreak of the virus started, the country has registered more than 36 cases with five confirmed deaths.

Ebola, which is spread by contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or contaminated materials, manifests as a deadly hemorrhagic fever. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding.

Uganda has had multiple Ebola outbreaks, including one in 2000 that killed more than 200 people.