Uganda announces first confirmed case of Ebola as Congo’s outbreak spreads

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Six family members then broke away while being transferred to an Ebola treatment centre in Beni and crossed into Uganda while Congolese border officials alerted their Ugandan colleagues, Congo's health ministry said.

A five-year-old boy infected with the virus came to Uganda with his parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 9.

"The child and his family entered the country through Bwera Border post and sought medical care at Kagando hospital where health workers identified Ebola as a possible cause of illness", WHO said in a statement. The boy's case was confirmed by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI), and he's receiving care in the Ebola Treatment Unit in the western Ugandan town of Bwera, which sits at the border with DRC. More than 1,300 people have died since it began in August. The provinces sit on the eastern side of the country, bordering South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda.

"The spread of Ebola across the global border is a clear signal that the worldwide community must reset and redouble its efforts" in fighting the disease, the worldwide Rescue Committee said in a statement calling itself "extremely alarmed".

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Uganda's health ministry says a patient has tested positive for Ebola in what is the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighbouring Congo past year. Uganda has vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers, WHO said.

Uganda and World Health Organization "have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Kasese to start contact tracing and management of cases that are likely to occur", the global agency said.

Uganda has experienced several outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2012, while in 2000 more than 200 people died in an outbreak in the north of the country.

This is the 10th outbreak in Congo since 1976.

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