The World Health Organization is considering whether to declare the current Ebola outbreak in Central Africa and global health crisis after spreading new cases to Uganda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO announced on Tuesday that a 5-year-old boy who traveled with his family to Uganda from Congo died of the disease. On Monday, a Ugandan health ministry official said a second patient, the boy's grandmother, had also died.
Uganda's Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, said that officials have been alert to prevent the spread of the disease. I'm worried because having Ebola in the country is not something you take lightly, because Ebola means death, "she told the BBC
" Uganda has been preparing for the past ten months and you've seen the swiftness with which we moved "
The Associated Press, quoting Congolese's health ministry, says a dozen of the boy's family members also showed Ebola symptoms and had been placed in isolation. However, six of them managed to leave while waiting for a transfer to a treatment facility.
A WHO expert committee on the outbreak was scheduled to meet for a third time on Friday in Geneva, where it will discuss whether to declare a global health emergency
The latest Ebola outbreak, centered in northeastern Congo, was declared in August. It is "the biggest" of 10 such outbreaks in the country in the past 40 years, according to Doctors Without Borders.
Meanwhile, Rwanda, which neighbors both DRC and Uganda, says it is tightening its borders with both countries and the government is urging people not to travel to affected areas, according to the state-backed newspaper The New Times
Earlier this year, Rwanda said it would launch front-line health workers and experimental Ebola vaccine in an effort to keep the disease from crossing into its territory. (19659008) Ebola is spread through direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, saliva and vomit, and the vaccine is a vaccine for the vaccine. . Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain and chills. Later symptoms may include internal bleeding, vomiting and coughing up blood. On average, half of the people who contract Ebola die as a result of the disease