Update of Ebola Outbreak in Kasese District

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KAMPALA, Uganda

The Ministry of Health would like to update  the  public that  the 5 year old boy who traveled from the  Democratic Republic of Congo {DRC) with his mother  on the 10th June 2019 and tested  positive for Ebola died this morning.

There are two {2) new confirmed  cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Kasese District, Uganda. The confirmed  cases  include; the  5O  year old grandmother and  a 3  year  old  brother  to  the deceased.

Blood samples  were  drawn  and sent  for testing  at the  Uganda Virus Research  Institute  (UVRI}and both samples tested  positive for Ebola.

The confirmed  cases  presented with the following symptoms; vomiting blood, bloody diarrhea, muscle pain, headache,  fatigue  and abdominal  pain. The confirmed  cases  are  currently  under isolation at Bwera Hospital Ebola Treatment  Unit for further management.

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

ln  order  to  contain  the   Ebola  outbreak,   Government  of  Uganda  working  with  Partners  is undertaking the following interventions;

o     The Minister of Health, Director General  Health Services, Country representative, WHO­ Uganda have arrived in Kasese District to assess and evaluate  the situation  on ground.

o     Rapid Response  Teams  are  on ground  to  assess  the  situatio-n and support the  district teams    to   continue    with   the    response    activities   such   as;   contact   tracing,   case management including safe  and dignified  burial, surveillance,  risk communication  and psychosocial support.

•    The Ministry of Health and WHO will undertake  ring vaccination  of contacts to the  case and other  non-vaccinated  frontline  health  and other  workers beginning Friday 14th June 2019

 

.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 Government of Uganda has developed  and finalized a 72 hour casted comprehensive response plan

Appeal to the public;

• Always wash your hands with soap and clean water

• Government  of  Uganda  appeals to  communities in  all DRC-Uganda border  districts  to suspend market  days, mass gatherings such as in places of worship, burials, weddings

• Report any suspected cases with signs and symptoms such as; unexplained bleeding from any body  openings, vomiting blood, bloody  diarrhea, muscle  pain, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain and sudden unexplained  death to the nearest health  facility

• Suspend social norms like shaking hands and hugging

• Avoid touching a patient  suspected to have Ebola

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 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 with  the above mentioned symptoms to the nearest health facility  or call our toll-free number  0800203-033 or 0800-100-066

The Ministry of Health  appreciates  all partners  for their  unwavering support  in preventing the spread of Ebata to other parts of Uganda.

The Ministry of Health will continue to update the public on the current Ebola Outbreak.