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Health Ministry Confirms Ebola Case In Kasese

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.
11 Jun 2019 21:44
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 isolated. 

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.

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