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JUST IN: Child diagnosed with Ebola dies

Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng at a press conference in Kampala. The ministry announced that the Ebola-diagnosed child in Kasese died. (PHOTO/PML Daily)

KASESE – Reports from Uganda’s Ministry Of Health indicate that a five-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda has died.

On Tuesday 11, the child tested positive for Ebola with the first cross-border case from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where a large outbreak has raged for the last 10 months.

According to an official from the Ministry of health who preferred anonymity says the boy breathed his last – on Tuesday night.

“The boy who tested positive for Ebola in Kasese yesterday passed on last night in the isolation unit,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The official also added that the Minister for Health, Dr. Ruth Aceng will be briefing the country about the death of the boy and arrangements are underway to bury the body.

The deceased youngster is likely to be buried on Wednesday 12 June.

On Tuesday 11 June, Dr. Aceng said that five family members, who were travelling with the child, were also found to be ill and have been tested for Ebola, adding that their test results are pending.

Uganda’s Health Ministry in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) says that they have dispatched a rapid response medical team to identify others – at risk and to follow up on eight other possible cases.

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