DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Child in Uganda diagnosed with virus

Baz Ratner  Reuters FILE

Baz Ratner Reuters FILE

A child in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in what is the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighbouring Congo a year ago, Uganda's health ministry said late Tuesday, in a blow to efforts by health workers who for months sought to prevent contamination across the heavily travelled border. "The child and his family entered the country through Bwera Border post and sought medical care", the World Health Organization wrote on Twitter.

To prepare for the possibility of imported cases, Uganda has already vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers against Ebola and disease monitoring programs are in place, the WHO said.

Uganda has been on high alert since the outbreak in the eastern DRC, where more than 2,000 cases of the highly contagious virus have been recorded, two-thirds of which have been fatal.

The disease is spread mainly through contact with the bodily fluids of those infected.

The boy's case was confirmed by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI), and he's receiving care in the Ebola Treatment Unit in the western Ugandan town of Bwera, which sits at the border with DRC.

The outbreak in DR Congo has become the second biggest in history, with a significant spike in new cases noted in recent weeks.

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.

The health ministry revealed the measles figure when it declared the epidemic on Monday.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.