Uganda confirms first Ebola case outside outbreak in Congo

Ebola spreads to Uganda in its first cross-border case since outbreak

Ebola spreads to Uganda in its first cross-border case since outbreak

"Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo", WHO said.

The outbreak in DR Congo has become the second biggest in history, with a significant spike in new cases noted in recent weeks.

The outbreak has infected at least 2,062 people in Congo, and about 1,400 have died.

In April a WHO expert committee decided that the outbreak, while of "deep concern", was not yet a global health emergency.

It was not immediately clear when the boy entered Uganda.

The child is receiving supportive care at an Ebola treatment unit in Bwera.

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"The IRC is extremely alarmed by this development, but our teams in Uganda have been training and preparing for this possibility, working in infection prevention and control and training health clinics in the country to recognize symptoms and safely triage and transfer suspected cases to Ebola treatment centers", the IRC said. There, a dozen family members appeared to have symptoms and were transferred to an isolation centre at the local hospital for observation.

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has said that the Ministry of health and World Health Organisation have sent a team to Kasese District to trace likely cases and vaccinate those who may have come into contact with the patient. "The ministry of health re-echoes its call on the general public to cooperate with immigration, health and security officials to ensure effective screening at all entry points to prevent further spread of Ebola to other parts of the country".

"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".

According to the WHO, Uganda vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers in 165 facilities with an experimental drug created to protect them against the virus.

The East African nation has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers since 2000.

The boy and his family crossed the border Sunday, and the case was confirmed at a rural hospital.

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