Kampala - Ugandan officials say a new outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever has killed two Ugandans in a district near the capital.

Health Minister Christine Ondoa told the Associated Press late on Wednesday that investigators had found conclusive evidence of Ebola in Luweero, about 60km from Kampala, the capital.

Last month Uganda declared itself Ebola-free after an earlier outbreak of the disease killed at least 16 people in a remote district in the west of the country.

It was not clear if the new outbreak and the previous one are related.

In 2000, an Ebola outbreak in Uganda infected 425 people, killing more than half.

Ebola is highly infectious and kills quickly.

It was first reported in 1976 in Congo and is named for the river where it was recognised. - Sapa-AP