Uganda traces contacts of Ebola case

2019-07-18 03:02:35 GMT2019-07-18 11:02:35(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

KAMPALA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said they are identifying contacts of a person from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who visited Uganda to trade in fish before returning home where she died of Ebola.

The ministry and WHO in a joint statement said the trader with symptoms consistent with Ebola on July 11 was in the country and went to buy fish at Mpondwe market in the Ugandan border district of Kasese.

"She was a well-known and regular trader at the market. The surveillance teams established that she had four episodes of vomiting on the day she was in the country," the statement said.

The statement said the trader returned home in the eastern DRC town of Beni where she was admitted at Beni Ebola Treatment Unit before succumbing to the deadly disease on July 15.

The surveillance teams are now identifying and following up with all people who came into contact with the trader.

"The ministry with support from WHO will immediately vaccinate all people who came into contact with the deceased trader in order to control possible spread of the disease in the country," the statement said.

The statement said there is currently no confirmed Ebola case in Uganda.

Ebola broke out in Uganda on June 11 after a five-year-old boy back from his recent visit to DRC tested positive for the disease.

Since the outbreak, there have been three confirmed cases including the index case. All the three died.

 

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