Uganda declare first proved case of Ebola as Congo

Uganda declare first proved case of Ebola as Congo

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

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 on Tuesday.

The boy and his family crossed the border Sunday, and the case was accepted at a rural hospital. The boy was then put in isolated care, and “rapid response teams” have been sent to the surrounding area to follow up with potential contacts of the boy and his family.

“In preparation for a possible imported case during the current burst in DRC, Uganda has vaccinated nearly 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,” the joint statement said, using an abbreviated form of Congo’s formal name.