Press Statement: Confirmation Of Ebola Virus Disease In Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public of the confirmation of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Kasese District, Uganda. The confirmed case is a 5-year-old boy who traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with his mother yesterday, the lOth June 2019. The mother is of Congolese origin but married to a Ugandan and they reside in Kasese District. However, she had travelled   back to DRC to nurse her father   who succumbed to Ebola.

The mother and child were accompanied to Uganda by 4 other family members who  are all of Congolese origin including the wife of the deceased. The child and his family entered the country through Bwera Border post and sought  medical care at Kagando hospital as the child was not feeling well by the time they came into Uganda. The child presented with the following  symptoms; vomiting blood, bloody diarrhea, muscle pain, headache, fatigue and abdominal pain.

The same night the family  entered Uganda, the teams from DRC alerted  us of presence of contacts of a deceased Ebola case who had crossed into Uganda and provided their names and telephone contacts, expressed their worry and requested for a cross border meeting for us to further  address the frequent  crossing over of contacts into Uganda.

Upon receiving this information, all our health facilities were quickly informed to be on alert and information of these contacts were provided to the health workers.

The child was detected by the health workers at Kagando hospital with signs and symptoms of Ebola and transferred and isolated at Bwera Hospital Ebola Treatment  Unit for further management.

A blood sample was drawn and sent for testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) very early on the morning of June 11th, the sample tested positive for Ebola.

All the other Congolese family members have been identified and are in isolation  at Bwera Hospital. Two of them had their samples removed when they developed symptoms similar to  that  of  Ebola, samples  are  on  the  way  to  UVRI and  results  will  be  communicated tomorrow.

Eight contacts have been line listed and are being followed up.

The Ministry   of  Health, the  World  Health  Organization .(WHO)  and  Center  for  Disease Control  (CDC) have dispatched  a Rapid Response Team to  Kasese to  support  the  teamscontinue with the various activities including; contact tracing and case management.                                               •

The Ministry of Health, WHO and CDC will undertake ring vaccination of contacts to the case and other  non-vaccinated  frontline  health and other  workers beginning  Friday 14th   June2019.

In conclusion, Uganda’s preparedness has been converted into response mode.

The Ministry  of Health re-echoes its call on the general public to cooperate with the Immigration, Health and Security officials to ensure effective screening at all entry points to prevent the spread of Ebola to other parts of the country.

The Ministry  would like to assure the public that, the vaccine is very safe and effective  and contacts or  frontline health  and other  workers  identified  for  vaccination should  willingly take the vaccine for their own and family protection.

The Ministry  would like to re-assure Ugandans and all other residents that with experience and expertise available in the country and the over ten months of preparedness, the disease will be contained.

We appeal to the public to remain calm and vigilant and report  any suspected cases to the nearest health facility or call our toll-free number 0800-203-033