Uganda confirms imported Ebola virus from DRC Congo

A 9-year old girl has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda as confirmed by the country’s health minister.

The girl who was traveling from neighboring DRC Congo exhibited signs of fever at the Western town of Kasese in Uganda.

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“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public of an imported case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Kasese District, Uganda.

The confirmed case is a 9-year-old female of Congolese origin who traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with her mother yesterday, the 28′” August 2019.”

Also read: 5-year old boy dies of Ebola in Uganda

On Thursday blood samples obtained from the victim came out positive before immediate action was taken.

“A blood sample was drawn immediately and sent for testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and confirmed positive for Ebola Virus on 29″ August 2019. Since the child was identified at the Point of Entry, there are no contacts in Uganda.”

She was transferred to an isolation center that combats Ebola cases in the country.

Initially, she exhibited muscle pains, sore throat and body weakness among other symptoms under the deadly virus.

Also read: Ebola claims another life in Uganda

In the Democratic Republic of Congo alone, over 2000 people have been reported dead in a span of one year.

Neighboring Uganda has however had successful controls of the virus through thorough checks at its border points.

The Ministry of Health has called upon the general public to cooperate with health officials, immigration departments and security personnel to ensure effective screening.

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Berryl Achieng
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