A five-year-old boy and two relatives who traveled with his family into Uganda has been diagnosed with Ebola, international health officials said Tue
A five-year-old boy and two relatives who traveled with his family into Uganda has been diagnosed with Ebola, international health officials said Tuesday.
This presents a ENHANCED threat as the Congo outbreak crosses into a neighboring country at a border crossing that has 20,000 to 25,000 people cross daily. Raising the fear that many suspected #ebola cases may actually not even be reported.
The corruption riddled Ministry of Health MUST step up the National Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plan. Whether this #Ebola threat, can lead to some preparedness and response will be tested in the next couple of days. While the corruption plagued border county of HomaBay, with an all but collapsed healthcare system is a tragedy waiting to happen.
What is for sure, this public health threat will most certainly evolve into YET ANOTHER public purse raid by the unscrupulous – whether it will be ebola monitoring drones from china, Cuban ebola experts….
1st Ebola Case Reported in Uganda
This is the first confirmed case of the highly contagious disease outside the Democratic Republic of Congo since an outbreak began there a year ago.
The three were receiving treatment along with the six family members are at a Ugandan hospital after exhibiting symptoms including vomiting blood, officials report. The boy and his family who live in Uganda had gone to DRC for the funeral of a family member who died of #ebola.
The diagnosis of Ebola has been confirmed by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) on Tuesday before being announced by officials. And the minister tweeted that the country had moved into “response mode” following the incident. ;
The World Health Organisation director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported on Twitter.
“The first #Ebola case outside #DRC has been identified in #Uganda – tragically a child,” the organization’s director general reported. “@WHO is setting up a rapid response team together with the @MinofHealthUG to prevent further spread of the disease.”
A Growing Threat
The outbreak in DR Congo has become the second biggest in history, with a significant spike in new cases noted in recent weeks.
Almost 1,400 people have died of the disease since August.
Only once before has an outbreak been still growing more than eight months after it began – that was the epidemic in West Africa between 2013 and 2016, which killed 11,310 people.
What is Ebola?
- Ebola is a virus that initially causes sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat.
- It progresses to vomiting, diarrhoea and both internal and external bleeding.
- People are infected when they have direct contact through broken skin, or the mouth and nose, with the blood, vomit, faeces or bodily fluids of someone with Ebola.
- Patients tend to die from dehydration and multiple organ failure.