KASESE – The Ministry of Health (MoH) has on August 29, confirmed an ‘imported’ Ebola case in Kasese District.
According to a letter by the MoH dated August 29, the case is of a nine-year-old female of Congolese origin who traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with her mother on August 28.
“The child and her mother entered the country through Mpondwe Main Border post to seek medical care in Bwera, Kasese district. The child was identified by the point of entry screening team with the following symptoms; high fever, body weakness, rash and unexplained mouth bleeding,” reads an excerpt.
Upon confirmation that she has Ebola symptoms, the patient was isolated and transferred to Bwera hospital Ebola Treatment Unit where she is currently being managed.
“A blood sample was drawn immediately and sent foe testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and confirmed positive for Ebola virus on 29 August,” reads a statement in part.
According to MoH, there are no contacts in Uganda since the child was identified at the point of entry.
The Ministry has further urged the general public to cooperate with health workers, immigration and security officials to ensure effective screening at all entry points to prevent the spread of ebola in other parts of the country.
Adding that, “The ministry reassures all Ugandans and visitors hat with the expertise available in the country, the disease will be contained.”