Ebola outbreak has been confirmed in Uganda by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization(WHO).
The Ebola outbreak that has infected more than 2,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo has now spread Uganda, the World Health Organization announced Tuesday.
A 5-year-old Congolese boy was diagnosed with the virus in Uganda, the country’s Ministry of Health and WHO said.
“The child and his family entered the country through Bwera Border post and sought medical care at Kagando hospital where health workers identified Ebola as a possible cause of illness,” WHO said in a statement.
The child is receiving supportive care at an Ebola treatment unit in Bwera.
The outbreak is both the second largest and second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. More than 1,300 people have died since it began in August. The epicentre is in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, among the most populous in the nation and border Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.
As the number of cases has increased, so has the concern that the infectious disease would cross the border. An increase in the number of cases in recent weeks has been even more concerning.
“Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak ongoing in neighbouring DRC ” WHO said