Uganda’s ministry of health confirms a case of what is calls “imported ebola” at the border of the east african country with it’s western neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The case was detected in the district of Kasese, 472 km west of the capital Kampala.
The confirmed case is of a 9 year old girl who together with her mother crossed into Uganda on the 28th of August 2019 through the Mpondwe border crossing point to seek medical care at Bwera in Kasese district.
There is a confirmed imported case of #Ebola Virus Disease In #Kasese District, Uganda.
The confirmed case is a 9 year old female of Congolese origin who traveled from DRC with her mother to seek medical care in Uganda. The child is under isolation and being managed at Bwera ETU. pic.twitter.com/06vAohPmvn
— Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) August 29, 2019
The ministry statement says the girl presented with fever, body weakness, rash and unexplained mouth bleeding. These signs and symptoms led to her isolation and transfer to the Bwera hospital ebola treatment entre where she’s being managed.
The health ministry adds that “there are no contacts in Uganda” whilst urging vigilance on the part of the public.
The Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo that broke out in August 2018 was declared an international emergency by the World Health Organisation and has suck in experts from countries both near and far to manage it. Uganda is among such countries with health experts sent to the country.