Second Ebola outbreak confirmed in western Uganda

Red Cross workers at Uganda-DR Congo border

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Uganda has maintained largely successful screening centres along its border with DR Congo in an effort to keep out an outbreak that has killed close to 2,000 people in the previous year. She was quickly identified at the port of entry, isolated, and transferred to the Ebola unit at a local hospital where she is being managed, the statement said.

This outbreak, in the east of DR Congo, is the second largest on record with the number of cases now exceeding 3,000, according to the government. Get it for your iPhone here.

The triaA nine-year-old girl who had travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found to have Ebola, authorities in Uganda said on Thursday.

Although the highly infectious disease has proved stubborn to contain inside Congo, cross-border contamination has been rare.

Then on Aug 16 DRC officials reported the disease had spread to a third province, South Kivu.

The new case represents the most recent expansion of the disease from its main hot spots in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

It is the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history after more than 11,000 people were killed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia between 2014 and 2016. "She was subsequently isolated and taken to Bwera hospital Ebola Treatment unit where she is now being managed", the statement adds. In one incident, family members assaulted health workers who were overseeing the burial of their relative.

Uganda has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola and hemorrhagic fevers since 2000.

Many people in eastern Congo don't trust doctors and other medics.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will travel this weekend to Congo with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and senior officials, including Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa. We must stop it from devastating communities and crossing borders.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has on August 29, confirmed an "imported" Ebola case in Kasese District. On Friday he called on partners to increase their presence in the field.

More than 200,000 people have been vaccinated during the DRC's tenth and most serious Ebola epidemic.

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