Cases of Ebola confirmed in Uganda

The first cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Uganda, spreading from the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that has so far claimed the lives of almost 1400 people. The outbreak in the DRC has the potential to reach the devastating levels of the West Africa outbreak that occurred between 2013-2016. However,  4700 healthcare professionals at 165 treatment facilities have been vaccinated and are primed and ready to fight the outbreak of the infection

“The first case of Ebola in Uganda is a child with a history of traveling to DRC.” Reported Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General. “We are contacting members of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee & asking them to be on standby.”

Read the full report from Martha Powell and see the timeline of events for the infection case on Infectious Disease Hub here: Cases of Ebola confirmed in Uganda