A 50-year-old Congolese woman has become the second person to die from the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda.
The World Health Organization on Tuesday June 11, announced that a five-year-old boy from the Democratic Republic of Congo, became the first person to be diagnosed with the disease in Uganda. He and his family had crossed the border into Uganda from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The boy has since died. His 50-year-old grandmother, is the latest to have died from the disease.
Ugandan health officials say two other patients are being kept in isolation. One of them is the three-year-old brother of the dead boy and the other is a 23-year-old Ugandan who is said to have shown symptoms of Ebola.
27 other people believed to have had contact with the infected people are being monitored.
Public gatherings in Uganda’s Kasese district, where the patients are being monitored, has been banned.
The latest Ebola epidemic which started in August 2018 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has infected over two thousand people, killing 1,390 of them.
The reported cases in Uganda are the first outside the Congo since the outbreak last year.
The World Health Organization is set to convene an emergence committee meeting on Friday to determine if the latest outbreak in Uganda constitutes an international public health emergency as well as how to manage it.
The worse Ebola outbreak was in West Africa between 2014 and 2016, killing 11,300 people out of 28,000 who were infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.