By Allan Mugabe
A five-year-old boy in Uganda that has been diagnosed with Ebola dies, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed.
This is the first case confirmed in the country amid a deadly outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
More than 2,000 cases have been recorded there in the last 10 months most of which have been fatal.
The boy is said to have travelled across the border with his family from DR Congo on Sunday 9th June 2019.
He was then taken to a Ugandan hospital after exhibiting symptoms including vomiting blood, officials said.
The diagnosis of Ebola was then confirmed by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) on Tuesday before being announced by top officials.
The country’s health ministry and WHO say they have dispatched a rapid response team to identify others at risk, a joint statement said.
Ugandan Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told a news conference on Tuesday that the boy’s family members are being monitored, including two who have exhibited Ebola-like symptoms.
She then tweeted that the country had moved into “response mode” following the incident.
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.
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