Temperature screening at Mpondwe Border Point in Kasese District.
Photo: © WHO Uganda

12.06.2019

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The first case of Ebola during the current outbreak of the disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now been confirmed in neighbouring Uganda.

Following numerous previous alerts, the first case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda during the outbreak in neighbouring DRC was confirmed by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI), the country’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the 11th June 2019.  A five-year-old child from DRC travelling with his family on the 9th June has contracted the disease and is now under care and receiving supportive treatment at Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), Kasese District.

The Ministry of Health and WHO have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Kasese to identify other people who may be at risk, and ensure that contacts are being monitored and provided with care if they also become ill. 

Precautions already taken in Uganda

Uganda has previous experience managing Ebola outbreaks. In preparation for a possible imported case during the current outbreak in DRC, it has vaccinated nearly 4,700 health workers in 165 health facilities (including in the Kasese facility where the child is being cared for).

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