A coffin containing a victim of the Ebola virus on May 16, 2019 in Buteham, DRC, a city in the epicenter of the Ebola crisis. has raided the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo since August 2018.
The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday 11 June that the case is a 5-year-old boy from the DRC who travels with his family to Uganda on June 9th. The boy's case is confirmed by the Ugandan Institute of Viruses (UVRI), and he takes care of the Ebola treatment unit in the western city of Uganda, Bevera, who sits on the border with the DRC.
Health authorities were worried about the spread of the virus that has spread in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the DRC for almost a year. Provinces are located in the eastern part of the country, bordering on South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda. As of June 9, the WHO reported 2,022 cases (1
968 confirmed and 94 probable) including 1390 deaths (1,296 confirmed and 94 probable) in the epidemic. This is the second largest esophagus outbreak that only exceeds the West African epidemic in 2014, which includes over 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths.
Violent attacks and mistrust in the community have severely hampered the reaction of outbreaks in the unstable region. The fighters are injured by health professionals and in one case they have killed a policeman. In February, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) discontinued media responses after two attacks that left part of the treatment facilities.
With the potential for spreading the outbreak, Uganda has already vaccinated 4700 health workers in 165 healthcare facilities and has stepped up monitoring. The experimental vaccine used in the epidemic was 97.5% effective in preventing viral disease, preliminary data suggest. Ebola treatment centers such as the Bwera are already in place. In addition, the WHO sent a rapid response team to monitor those who had contact with the boy and helped the response. which would free up more resources to cope with the spread of the virus. The WHO may reconsider the situation now that the virus has spread across the border.