She says the victim is a five-year-old Congolese child who entered Uganda through Bwera with her mother and five other people on Sunday evening. The two had reportedly to DRC to tend to nurse the head of the family.
Minister of Health Dr.Jane Aceng and WHO Representative Yonas T Woldermariam
The Health Ministry has confirmed an Ebola case in Kasese
district. The Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng disclosed this in a hastily
convened media briefing at the Uganda Media Center on Tuesday night.
She says the victim is a five-year-old Congolese child who entered
Uganda through Bwera with her mother and five other people on Sunday evening. The
two had reportedly to DRC to tend to nurse the head of the family.
She says they sought for medical care at Kagando hospital
where the minor presented with Ebola like symptoms. He was admitted in the Bwera Ebola
isolation ward where he is receiving treatment. The other people who were
traveling with the minor also presented with Ebola symptoms and have been
According to Aceng, samples from the minor submitted to
Uganda Virus Research Institute –UVRI tested positive. Ebola
is a rare but deadly virus that causes fever, body aches and diarrhea and
sometimes bleeding inside and outside the body.
As the virus spreads through
the body, it damages the immune system and organs. This causes levels of
blood-clotting cells to drop, causing uncontrollable bleeding through body
openings including the nose, ear, eyes and the anus.
It kills up to 90% of people who are infected.
According to statistics from the World Health Organization
WHO, there have been 2,025 cases Ebola and 1,357 deaths from the virus during
the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The largest outbreak in the
world was in West Africa in 2014 to 2016 and affected 28,616 people mostly from
Guinea, Liberia and Siera Leone.