By Mariah Aheebwa, Wednesday June 12, 2019.
The Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo has crossed borders into Uganda causing the death of a 5-year-old boy, National Telegraph has confirmed. Jane Ruth Aceng, Ugandan Health Minister hastily organized a press conference, 9 AM, Wednesday June 12, 2019 where she confirmed the Ebola being the cause of the boy’s death.
Minister Aceng said that the Congolese boy had traveled from Congo on Sunday and entered Uganda with his family and sought medical care. The 5-year-old died and his 3-year-old brother and grandmother, 50 are the other two cases already infected. The Minister said the duo are being treated in isolation at the Bwera Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit, West of Uganda.
The boy’s mother is of Congolese origin but got married to a Ugandan man and settled in the Western part of Uganda, Kasese District which borders Uganda and Congo, National Telegraph has been told.
It has been said that family sought for medical care for the boy at Kagando Hospital where Ebola was identified as a possible cause of illness after realizing he was vomiting blood, bloody diarrhea, muscle pain, headache, fatigue and abdominal pain.
All the other Congolese family members have since been isolated at Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit and two of them had their blood samples taken and sent to the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) after they too developed symptoms similar to that of Ebola.
Aceng assured the public of Uganda government has trained officials to handle the crisis for the last ten (10) months and there is no doubt that the virus will be contained.
The Ebola outbreak in DRC has claimed approximately 1390 lives. Ebola virus disease is a severe illness that is spread through contact with the body fluids such as vomit, blood and feces of a person sick with the disease.
The symptoms can be sudden and include fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore threat. Uganda has so far been effective in protecting people from developing the disease, and has helped those who do develop the disease to have a better chance of survival.