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WHO, Health Ministry dispatch rapid response team to Arua as Ebola case is confirmed near Uganda-DRC border

Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, flanked by ministry and WHO officials in Arua. (PHOTO/WHO)

ARUA – A delegation consisting of Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, and World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus among other officials has this afternoon arrived in Arua district to conduct an assessment for Ebola Virus Disease preparedness in the district Uganda.

Dr. Aceng and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus have also crossed to Oudramacaku border point, 7 km from Ariwara in DRC where an Ebola case was detected on Wednesday June 3.

Arua and other West Nile districts are on a fresh Ebola alert after unidentified woman died of Ebola in Ariwara town, 7 kilometres from Arua town.

The development has put security teams and health officials under pressure to trace for 177 contact persons the victim is believed to have come in to contact with before her death.

The markets along Uganda-DRC border are currently under surveillance by security and health personnel from the two countries.

According to information from sources in DRC, the victim died on Tuesday at Ariwara after encountering with dozens of people many of whom are from Uganda.

Ariwara town is often frequented by Congolese businessmen and women who travel to Arua town on daily basis through the porous border with minimal checks.

Nahori Oya Awa, the RDC Arua said their counterparts in DRC have confirmed the death of the woman and warns the people against shaking hands. Nahori has also directed the police to put checkpoints along the borders and ensure hand washing facilities are put in place.

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