Ebola makes much-feared jump into Uganda

Modesto Morganelli
Июня 12, 2019

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 previous year, 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 confirmed case is a 5-year-old Congolese child who travelled from the 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.

World Health Organization has long feared that the lingering Ebola outbreak in the DRC, which has sickened more than 2000 people there and killed about two-thirds of the identified cases, would spread to neighboring countries.

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

Confirmation of Ebola was made on Tuesday by the Uganda Virus Institute.

Despite surveillance efforts like these at the border of the two countries, Ebola has jumped from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Uganda.

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.

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

The health ministry said its vaccination campaign would target a further 1.4 million infants, and that 2.2 million had been vaccinated in April.

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