Uganda confirms first Ebola case outside outbreak in Congo

Mail Online | 6/12/2019 | Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline
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The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to Uganda, health officials have confirmed.

A five-year-old boy tested positive for the killer virus in the neighbouring country, which has been on high alert for 10 months.

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More than 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded in the north-eastern part of the DRC since the outbreak began last August.

Official figures show the death toll in the African nation now stands at 1,396, with half of the fatalities having occurred since April.

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Confirmation of cross-border contamination is a blow to local officials who have been monitoring the border and isolating probable Ebola patients.

‘The confirmed case is a five-year-old Congolese child who travelled from the DRC with his family on 9th June 2019,’ the WHO wrote on Twitter.

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Uganda's health ministry and the WHO have sent a rapid response team to the western town of Kasese to trace likely cases.

The WHO post added that aid workers will vaccinate those who may have come into contact with the patient.

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The unidentified child is under care and receiving supportive treatment at Bwera ETU, an Ebola treatment unit.

Two of his family members were being tested for Ebola after developing symptoms, with results expected later today.

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Congo's health ministry in a separate statement said the boy, from Mabalako, arrived on Monday at Congo's Kasindi border post.

There, a dozen family members appeared to have symptoms and were transferred to an isolation center at the local hospital for observation.

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Six family members then broke away while being transferred to an Ebola treatment center in Beni and crossed into Uganda.

Ugandan officials found the family members at the Kagando hospital, where the boy's Ebola case was confirmed.

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Officials from the two countries will meet today about the possibility of sending the family back to Beni in Congo for treatment, the health ministry said.

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