Uganda Confirms First Ebola Case Since 2018 Congo Outbreak

Maricruz Casares
Junio 12, 2019

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has been diagnosed with Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. Since the epidemic began in August in eastern Congo, the Congo health ministry said on Monday that it had recorded 2,062 cases including 1,390 deaths.

"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", said Kellie Ryan, a spokeswoman for the International Rescue Committee, which has teams on the periphery of the outbreak zone, both in and outside of Congo, preparing for potential new cases.

Worldwide spread of a disease as contagious as Ebola is one of the major criteria WHO considers before declaring a situation to be a global health emergency.

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

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To prepare for the possibility of imported cases, Uganda has already vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers against Ebola and disease monitoring programs are in place, the WHO said.

Uganda has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers since 2000.

A case of Ebola has been confirmed in western Uganda, the first instance in Congo's year-long outbreak in which the deadly virus has been identified outside the country.

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

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