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Deadly Ebola virus spreads to Uganda from DR Congo


June 12, 2019 10:56 IST

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– Rajat Sharma


Kasese [Uganda]The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, which has infected more than 2,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has spread to Uganda, according to the World Health Organization.
A 5-year-old Congolese boy has been diagnosed with Ebola in Uganda, CNN reported, citing the country's Ministry of Health and WHO.
"The child and his family entered the country at the Bwera Border Post and sought medical attention at Kagando hospital, where health officials identified Ebola as a possible cause of illness," WHO said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The child is currently in an Ebola treatment facility in the town of Bwera, Uganda, which is in Kasese district.
This is the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. More than 1,300 people have been killed by the virus since August. The main areas that have been severely affected are the northern provinces of Kivu and Ituri.
A recent increase in the number of people infected with the Ebola virus has raised concerns about the spread of the virus across the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anticipating this, health professionals in Uganda were vaccinated against it and trained to recognize the symptoms of the infection.
"Although there have been numerous previous warnings, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the outbreak of Ebola in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo," WHO said.
The global health agency added that a Rapid Response Team was sent to Kasese "to initiate contact tracking and case management that may occur."
About 11,000 people have lost their lives in the most lethal Ebola outbreak that occurred in 2014.
Ebola first appeared in 1976 in Sudan, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. Symptoms of the disease include fever, severe headache and bleeding.
In the outbreak of 2014, the virus infected approximately 28,600 people in West Africa, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. (ANI)

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