DRC Ebola outbreak spreads to Uganda, kills two people
The second largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history has spread beyond the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and into Uganda.
At least two Ugandans have died from the disease, including a five-year-old boy who carried the disease across the border. The outbreak is now officially an international incident and the World Health Organisation is apparently reconsidering whether announced a global health emergency.
Health workers battle Ebola in Uganda
Fears of the outbreak spreading beyond the DRC’s borders have been increasing for some time. The number of new weekly cases being reported in the DRC has drastically increased in recent weeks and many have questioned WHO’s decision not to announce a global health emergency prior to the disease spreading outside of the DRC.
The outbreak has killed more than 1,400 people int he DRC and now two casualties have been recorded in Uganda. Health workers have responded by vaccinating those who come into contact with the disease (including fellow health workers).
Suspected cases of Ebola have also been reported in Kenya but tests have revealed that – so far – no genuine cases have been found in the country.
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