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World Health Organisation confirms Ebola case in Uganda

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Samantha Long | 12 June, 2019, 10:38

The Ebola virus that has stubbornly lingered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2018 has finally jumped the border, sickening a 5-year-old boy in Uganda.

"All the other Congolese family members have been identified and are in isolation at Bwera hospital", said a spokesperson for the ministry, speaking on national television.

The agency's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a press conference in that he will convene an advisory body - called an emergency committee - as quickly as possible to review the situation and decide whether the outbreak now poses a global health threat.

The WHO and ministry of health in a statement noted that they jointly dispatched rapid response teams to the area in a bid to ensure the virus is contained.

"In preparation for a possible imported case during the current outbreak in DRC, Uganda has vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers in 165 health facilities (including in the facility where the child is being cared for); disease monitoring has been intensified; and health workers trained on recognizing symptoms of the disease", the joint statement said, using an abbreviated form of Congo's formal name.

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Ministry of health has confirmed Ebola outbreak in Kasese District in western Uganda. The outbreak is unfolding amid unprecedented challenges of rebel attacks and community resistance in a region that had never experienced Ebola before.

Six family members then broke away while being transferred to an Ebola treatment centre in Beni and crossed into Uganda while Congolese border officials alerted their Ugandan colleagues, Congo's health ministry said.

The boy and his family came to Uganda from the DRC and went to Uganda's Kagando Hospital for care. World Health Organization has advised against travel restrictions. The child is the first confirmation since the virus hit DRC.

Uganda has already vaccinated about 4,700 health workers against the disease, the joint statement by WHO and Ugandan health officials said.

Neighbouring Uganda has suffered regular outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg over the years, both high-fatality viral haemorrhagic fevers.

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