Uganda announces first confirmed case of Ebola as Congo’s outbreak spreads

Uganda announces first confirmed case of Ebola as Congo’s outbreak spreads

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.

There have been multiple alerts of the Ebola virus in Uganda none of which had been confirmed yet. For the first time an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine is being widely used, and Uganda has vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers, WHO said.

There have been more than 2,000 confirmed and probable cases of the Ebola virus in Congo since August, with almost 1,400 deaths. All the other Congolese family members are in isolation at Bwera Hospital.

Results of tests are expected Wednesday.

Aceng assured the public that Uganda has been prepared to tackle the virus for the last 10 months and there is no doubt that the virus will be contained. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear and neither the World Health Organization nor the government was reachable for clarification.

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

When they arrived at Kasindi, 12 members of the group were experiencing symptoms, and they stopped there at a health facility.

A donor-supported laboratory in Entebbe, a lakeside town south of the capital Kampala, means Uganda typically confirms outbreaks much faster than many of its neighbours.

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.

Noncontact thermometers allow health workers to check the temperature of people from Congo at the Ebola screening point in western Uganda.

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