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Uganda confirms first case of Ebola

12 June 2019

Uganda has confirmed its first case of Ebola during the current outbreak, a five-year-old Congolese child who is receiving care after arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The WHO said in a statement: "This is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo,". The affected child, travelling with his family, had entered Uganda on June 9 through Bwera Border post. 

They sought medical care at Kagando hospital and the child was transferred to Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit for management, WHO said. Uganda has suffered regular outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg over the years and health facilities to treat the diseases are relatively robust for the region.