EBOLA SCARE IN UGANDA IS REAL: THE LATEST UPDATES

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Compiled by Markson Omagor from Agencies
ON Tuesday, the Ministry of Health in Uganda confirmed that a 5 year
old Congolese boy had died of the deadly virus in Kasese. This is the
first time Ebola is confirmed in Uganda since the latest DRC outbreak.
Whereas the Ministry confirmed confining relatives who crossed to
Uganda with the deceased boy in an isolation center at Kihihi Health
Center 1V, the latest information is that one other has died.
Daily Nation reports that the grandmother of a five-year-old boy who
died of Ebola passed on at Bwera General Hospital in Kasese District,
western Uganda, on Wednesday evening.
The boy died on Tuesday night at the same hospital where an isolation
facility was established for Ebola patients to be treated.

“She will be buried tomorrow [Thursday] by our team after identifying a
place," a source in the Ministry of Health team which travelled to
Kasese told Daily Monitor on Wednesday.
The Ebola outbreak which has ravaged the neighbouring DRC for the
last one year was Tuesday confirmed in Uganda in the western border
district of Kasese.
The first case to be confirmed on Tuesday was that of a five-year-old
boy, who tested positive and later died. His three-year-old brother and

grandmother also tested positive and were admitted at the isolation
facility that was established at Bwera General Hospital.
Dr Aceng said seven more people who came from the DR Congo,
including the boy’s parents and younger sibling, are suspected to be
infected with the virus and are at the isolation facility.
However on Thursday 13 th June, Daily Monitor reported that three
suspected Ebola victims escaped from Kanungu isolation centre at
Kihihi Health Centre IV in Kihihi town council in Kanungu District in
western Uganda.
They are Saddi Muhima, 46, his son Issa Muhima, 19 and Milton
Nsenga, all from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The three were admitted in isolation when they presented with Ebola
like symptoms shortly after arriving at Munyaga border crossing in
Western ward in Butogota town council in Kanungu District from DRC
on Wednesday morning.
The trio presented with high temperatures, one of the signs of the
haemorrhagic fever forcing Ebola surveillance officials to rush them to
Kihihi health Centre IV for monitoring.
However, the Kanungu Health Inspector, Kato Besisira, says the trio
escaped as the health workers were preparing to draw blood samples
from them and rush them to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
Entebbe for examination.

They are suspected to have crossed back to DRC using the porous
borders. Besisira says the escape of the trio has triggered panic in the
district.
The Health ministry announced an Ebola alert on Tuesday evening after
a five year boy from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) tested
positive for Ebola shortly after crossing into Kasese District.
He died hours later followed by his grandmother later in the day at
Ebola Treatment Unit at Bwera Hospital in Mpondwe-Lhubiriha town
council.

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