One case of Ebola confirmed in Uganda

One case of Ebola confirmed in Uganda —WHO

The case in Uganda was a 5-year-old Congolese boy who had crossed the border to seek medical treatment, the World Health Organization and Uganda's Health Ministry said in a joint announcement Tuesday.

The boy is said to have travelled across the border with his family from DR Congo on Sunday. There, a dozen family members appeared to have symptoms and were transferred to an isolation centre at the local hospital for observation.

Uganda has experienced several outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2012, while in 2000 more than 200 people died in an outbreak in the north of the country. Health care workers have widely deployed an effective Ebola vaccine in the affected DRC areas and intensively worked to contain cases, but their response has repeatedly been hampered by violence from the many insurgency groups, including attacks on health care workers and facilities.

In preparation for a possible imported case during the current outbreak in DRC that has claimed at least 1390 lives, Uganda has vaccinated over 4700 health workers in 165 health facilities. 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. The provinces sit on the eastern side of the country, bordering South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda.

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Preparing for possible cases of Ebola, Uganda has vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers, disease monitoring has been intensified, special treatment units set up and health workers have been trained to recognize symptoms of the disease, WHO said.

Uganda has vaccinated almost 5,000 health workers at 165 health facilities, including both the one where the boy is being treated, and the one at Kagando where his family first stopped for care.

The outbreak in northeastern DRC is the second largest on record. The outbreak is believed to have started in late April 2018 but was only recognized as Ebola at the end of July.

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