Uganda confirms 1st Ebola case outside outbreak in Congo


He was then transferred to an Ebola treatment unit-where the health care workers already have been vaccinated-in nearby Bwera.

Health officials in Uganda have confirmed the country's first case of Ebola stemming from a massive outbreak that has been raging across the border in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since August of 2018. A World Health Organization statement said he entered on Sunday with his family through the Bwera border post.

The WHO's emergency committee has met twice to weigh whether the DRC's Ebola developments should constitute a public health emergency of global concern (PHEIC).

On Twitter, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, PhD, said the WHO was "contacting members of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee & asking them to be on standby".

"The confirmed case is a 5-year-old Congolese child who travelled from the DRC with his family on 9th June 2019". "The ministry of health and WHO have dispatched a rapid response team to Kasese to identify other people who may be at risk", WHO said.

Uganda has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola since 2000.

Congo's health ministry in a separate statement said the boy, from Mabalako, arrived on Monday at Congo's Kasindi border post. "The child is under care and receiving supportive treatment at Bwera ETU (Ebola treatment unit), and contacts are being monitored", the WHO Uganda office said in a tweet.

Results of these tests will be known tomorrow, said Uganda's ministry of health. "The ministry of health re-echoes its call on the general public to cooperate with immigration, health and security officials to ensure effective screening at all entry points to prevent further spread of Ebola to other parts of the country".

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

Confirmation of Ebola was made on Tuesday by the Uganda Virus Institute.

As the number of cases has increased, so has the concern that the infectious disease would cross the border.