GENEVA (Reuters) – A Congolese woman who died of Ebola this month vomited four times in a Ugandan market after crossing the border days earlier to sell fish, the WHO said, fuelling fears that the virus may be spreading beyond Democratic Republic of Congo.
The current outbreak of the highly infectious disease has been all but confined to Congo, killing 1,673 people there – more than two thirds of those who contracted it – over the past year, and three in Uganda last month.
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A World Health Organization panel is debating whether to declare the outbreak “of international concern”, a designation that the agency’s head suggested a case this month in the large Congolese city of Goma had made more likely.
The fisherwoman travelled across the border to Mpondwe market on July 11, according to a Ugandan Health Ministry report published on Wednesday by the WHO.
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It said 19 fishmongers were listed as having had possible contact with her while another 590 could be targeted for vaccination.
The health response to the virus relies on tracking down and testing people who may have been exposed to it and vaccinating them and anybody they have had contact with.
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Ugandan and Congolese officials were working to find people who might have been put at risk by the dead woman, who appeared to have used...
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