Rwanda steps up Ebola measures

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KIGALI, Rwanda

The Health Ministry in Rwanda says it is intensifying the surveillance at ports of entry in the wake an Ebola Epidemic that spread from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda because it shares borders with both countries.

In a statement, the health ministry advised both nationals and foreigners to be vigilant, improve hygiene and avoid traveling to areas affected by Ebola.

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 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.

He passed on today while under treatment.

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