Ministry of Health officials in Kasese District have confirmed that the five-year-old child who was diagnosed with the Ebola Virus Disease in Kasese district near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo had died.
Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this was the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The 5-year-old child was from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who travelled with his family on 9th June 2019. The child and his family entered the country through Bwera Border post and sought medical care at Kagando hospital where health workers identified Ebola as a possible cause of illness.
The child died at Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit.
Last evening the ministry of health confirmed the patient had Ebola. Meanwhile the confirmed Ebola cases have risen to three, while seven are suspected cases, according to the latest update by the Ministry.The latest cases include the deceased's grandmother and his young brother, a three year old.
The Ministry of Health Jane Ruth Aceng and WHO have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Kasese to identify other people who may be at risk, and ensure they are monitored and provided with care if they also become ill.
Uganda has previous experience managing Ebola outbreaks. In preparation for a possible imported case during the current outbreak in DRC, Uganda has vaccinated nearly 4700 health workers in 165 health facilities (including in the facility where the child is being cared for); disease monitoring has been intensified; and health workers trained on recognizing symptoms of the disease. Ebola Treatment Units are in place.
In response to this case, the Ministry is intensifying community education, psychosocial support and will undertake vaccination for those who have come into contact with the patient and at-risk health workers who were not previously vaccinated.
Ebola virus disease is a severe illness that is spread through contact with the body fluids of a person sick with the disease (fluids such as vomit, feces or blood).