DRC Child carries Ebola virus into Uganda


The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has officially become an global problem, with three confirmed cases in neighbouring Uganda confirmed as of today.

The statement added that there were two new confirmed cases of Ebola including a grandmother, 50, and 3-year-old brother to the deceased.

A hygienist is seen inside an Ebola Treatment Centre run by The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) on 12 August 2018, in Beni.

Ebola is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads among humans through close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person. Even though the border region is a tourism transportation center, visitors are not in danger by the recent Ebola outbreak according to tourism officials in Uganda.

"We can expect and should plan for more cases in DRC and neighboring countries", he said, adding: "There are now more deaths than any other Ebola outbreak in history, bar the West Africa epidemic of 2013-16, and there can be no doubt that the situation could escalate towards those awful levels".

"Eight contacts have been line listed and are now being followed up", the ministry said in a statement.

Uganda's health ministry confirmed Wednesday that a child had died from the virus and that his three-year-old brother and their grandmother were also infected.

The Congolese Ministry of Health reports 2,071 total Ebola cases in its Tuesday update, 94 of them probable and the remainder confirmed, across 24 monitored health zones.

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Health teams in Uganda "are not panicking", Henry Mwebesa, the national director of health services, told the AP.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will reconvene an emergency committee on Friday to decide whether the outbreak is an worldwide public health emergency and how to manage it, a WHO statement said. We'll continue learning. The last two outbreaks in Uganda took about three months which is normal, and we were able to contain it in record time.

"As soon as they crossed, we contacted the Ugandan authorities", he told AFP in an interview Wednesday. Many Congolese cross on footpaths away from official border posts, however, and some paths remained unguarded. Both are showing symptoms of the disease, from muscle pain and headache to vomiting blood, according to the ministry.

Ebola has reached Uganda.

In addition, a team comprising of medical specialists especially laboratory scientists will work hand in hand with local Ebola experts to carry out tests on suspected cases. Health workers have been trained to recognize the disease, and almost 4,700 health care workers in 165 health facilities have been vaccinated against the disease with an experimental inoculation that has been effective at preventing widespread transmission in Congo.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has spread to Uganda, where a five-year-old child has tested positive for the disease. The Uganda Virus Institute confirmed the diagnosis earlier this week and it was then announced by officials. That outbreak, spanning 2013 to 2016, cut a deadly path through West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people.

The WHO today said Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, has reconvened the Ebola emergency committee for Jun 14 to discuss the latest developments, assess if changes warrant declaring a public health emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC) under global Health Regulations, and to update any earlier recommendations.

Uganda's health ministry and the WHO will conduct ring vaccination of patient contacts and unvaccinated health workers beginning on Jun 14.