First ebola case confirmed in Uganda

The Ugandan authorities announced on Tuesday evening that a five-year-old boy has been diagnosed with Ebola. He is said to have travelled across the border with his family from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.

This is the first case confirmed in the country amid a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Uganda has been aware of the possibility of Ebola crossing the border for some time and the country is well prepared.

The government has done a lot of work over the years to set up systems and expertise to combat Ebola with the help of the US Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation.

It has also successfully dealt with outbreaks in the country before and Ugandan doctors, considered experienced in the field, have been deployed to help fight outbreaks in West Africa and DR Congo.

Furthermore, the ministry of health has already vaccinated thousands of health workers against Ebola meaning they are ready to work on a possible outbreak without fear of infection.

When it comes to testing and confirming cases, all testing is done in Uganda at government laboratories.

What has helped Uganda keep on top of outbreaks is its clear authority and knowledge about Ebola, which means the public trusts its messages.

More than 2,000 cases have been recorded in DRC in the last 10 months – most of which have been fatal.

-BBC

Source: ZBC

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