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Ebola Outbreak: Two More Cases Confirmed as 5-Year-Old Boy Dies in Kasese

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Officials at the Ministry of Health have confirmed Wednesday that another two people were diagnosed with Ebola in the western district of Kasese.

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng announced that two more samples tested positive of the deadly haemorrhagic virus.

“Two more samples were sent to UVRI (Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe) and have tested positive. We, therefore, have three confirmed cases of Ebola,” said Minister Aceng.

The minister along with officials from the World Health Organization are camping in Kasese where the first case of Ebola was confirmed yesterday.

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The index case was one of a 5-year-old boy who travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with his mother on Monday, June 10, 2019.

DRC has had more than 2000 confirmed cases of Ebola over the past 10months.

Minister Aceng announced that the 5-year-old boy has since passed away.

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The two confirmed new cases are both family members of the boy who died this morning; namely, his 50-year-old grandmother and his 3 year old brother.

More so, up to 8 other people who were in contact with this family are being monitored the health officials.

The Health ministry in the meantime has deployed a rapid response team to “assess the situation and support district health teams to continue with response activities.”

The activities include contact tracing, fafe and dignified burial, surveillance, risk communication and psycho social support.

The Ministry is also also set to vaccinate all people havbe have been in contact with the victims and other non-vaccinated front line health workers.

 

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