The ministry of health has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the western border district of Kasese. According to a statement issued by the state minister for Primary health care Dr. Moriku Kaducu, the confirmed case is of a nine year old girl of Congolese origin.

The minister says that the child and her mother entered the country through Mpondwe Main Border post to seek medical care in Bwera, Kasese district. A blood sample was drawn immediately and sent for testing at the Uganda Virus research Institute and confirmed positive.

The minister however says that the child was identified at the point of entry and she made no contacts in Uganda. A rapid response team has been dispatched to support the district teams in their activities to contain Ebola.

Medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kasese. Courtesy Photo

This new case comes just two months after the last outbreak in June which claimed two people. The outbreak was attributed to DR Congo, that is experiencing a full blown outbreak of the epidemic. Uganda took stringent measures to contain the disease and by July,, the country had been declared Ebola free.

The World Health organization has so far confirmed that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached 3000 cases. Neighbouring countries have been placed on high alert and some, like Rwanda, have closed their borders with DR Congo to stop people crossing from the country and spreading it.

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