Ebola outbreak spreads from DRC to Uganda as child diagnosed with virus

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year, the country’s health ministry has said.

The Congolese child has been isolated with family members at a hospital in a western district near the Congo border, according to Ugandan health minister Jane Aceng.

Two family members were also being tested for Ebola after developing symptoms, with results expected on Wednesday.

Confirmed late on Tuesday by officials, it is a blow to efforts by health workers who for months sought to prevent contamination across the frontier.

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Source:  The Independent