DRC's Ebola outbreak spreads to Uganda | News

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DRC's Ebola outbreak spreads to Uganda | News

This case is the first confirmed case of Ebola that Uganda has detected during the ongoing outbreak in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The confirmed case is a 5 year old boy who travelled from the Democratic republic Of Congo (DRC) with his family on 9th June 2019.

The family had crossed the border seeking medical care at a local hospital, and Ebola was identified as a possible source of the boy's symptoms.

The ministry said today the patient is a Congolese woman in a district near the Congo border.

A case of Ebola has been confirmed in western Uganda, the first instance in Congo's year-long outbreak in which the deadly virus has been identified outside the country. He was then transferred to an Ebola treatment unit-where the health care workers already have been vaccinated-in nearby Bwera.

In the treatment unit at Bwera the child was diagnosed with Ebola Virus Disease after confirmation was made by the Uganda Virus Institute.

Uganda has experienced several outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2012, while in 2000 more than 200 people died in an outbreak in the north of the country. According to WHO Uganda and the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the child is under care and receiving supportive treatment at the facility. The team will also being vaccination individuals who have been in contact with the ill child, including frontline health workers.

Uganda and World Health Organization "have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Kasese to start contact tracing and management of cases that are likely to occur", the worldwide agency said.

According to the WHO, Uganda vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers in 165 facilities with an experimental drug created to protect them against the virus.

Health officials have feared the spread of the virus, which has festered in DRC's North Kivu and Ituri provinces for almost a year. Health workers have regularly come under attack.

Worldwide spread of a disease as contagious as Ebola is one of the major criteria WHO considers before declaring a situation to be a global health emergency.

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