Rwanda issues Ebola alert after three cases reported in Uganda

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Rwandan Ministry of Health has issued a fresh Ebola alert following an outbreak of the disease in western Uganda, which has already claimed life of a 5-year old boy.

A statement from the ministry urged Rwandans and visitors to seek timely medical attention at nearest health facility whenever a person experiences Ebola-like symptoms such as high fever, bleeding, diarrhea and red eyes among others.

It also called on local leaders and community health workers to sensitize residents to be vigilant and avoid visiting places where the disease has been reported and eating meat of dead animals.

According to the ministry, preventive measures against Ebola remains in place, including conducting community awareness on the disease, screening of travellers entering Rwanda as well as capacity building for case detection and control.

The ministry further advised that anyone who comes into contact with someone exhibiting Ebola-like signs or attends burial of someone who exhibited Ebola-like symptoms should seek medical attention at nearest health facility.

No Ebola case has been reported in Rwanda, the ministry said, further calling on public transport companies and hoteliers to help enforce the disease preventive measures.

The ministry of health in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) in April vaccinated about 3000 health care and front-line workers against Ebola in areas at high risk of the outbreak.

Ugandan ministry of health announced Tuesday night that Ebola had broken out in the western district of Kasese.

The five-year-old boy victim had returned from a recent visit to neighboring the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on June 10; with his mother who visited DRC to nurse her father who had succumbed to Ebola.

When the child sought medical care, he was transferred to Uganda’s Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit for management.

But the Ugandan ministry of health announced on Wednesday the boy had succumbed to Ebola, and two new cases were confirmed.

The World Health Organization said it would convene an emergency committee meeting on Friday to determine whether to declare the outbreak of Ebola in Uganda a public health emergency of international concern.

The deadly disease has recorded more than 2,000 Ebola cases in eastern DRC, since August, two-thirds of them fatal.

Ebola is transmitted to people from wild animals but spreads among humans though close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person, according to health personnel.

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