On Wednesday, Uganda’s health minister Dr Ruth Aceng confirmed the death of the five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Kasese District, western Uganda.
This is the first spread of a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The young patient, five- year-old, index case of Ebola died last night. Two more samples were sent to UVRI and have tested positive. We, therefore, have three confirmed cases of Ebola in Uganda,” Dr Aceng said.
The other two confirmed cases are of the 50 year-old grandmother of the deceased and a 3 year-old brother to the deceased, the two are under isolation centre at Ebola Treatment Unit at Bwera government hospital.
Eight more suspects have been lined up and are been followed up closely.
“We are waiting for a team from DRC to be part of the meeting to address the outbreak of Ebola in Uganda. Two people have today tested positive and are in the Ebola Treatment Unit in Bwera. The team in Bwera has done a commendable job, the Ebola treatment unit is running on course and the district is working in a streamlined manner with the partners,” the minister added.
Uganda has been on high alert since the outbreak across the border in the eastern DRC, where more than 2,000 cases of the highly contagious virus have been recorded, two-thirds of which have been fatal.