The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a case of Ebola now in the country of Uganda.
This is the first case confirmed in the country amid the deadly outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. A five-year-old boy in Uganda has been diagnosed with Ebola, WHO has confirmed.
The number of cases in the Congo are now more than 2,000 which have been recorded in the last 10 months – most of which have been fatal.
The boy is said to have traveled across the border with his family from Congo. He was then taken to a Ugandan hospital after exhibiting symptoms including vomiting blood, officials said.
The diagnosis of Ebola was then confirmed by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) before being announced by officials.
Ugandan Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told a news conference that the boy’s family members are being monitored, including two who have exhibited Ebola-like symptoms.
She then tweeted that the country had moved into “response mode” following the incident, asking for cooperation with health, immigration and security officials to ensure effective screening to prevent further spread of Ebola to other parts of the country.
The Ebola outbreak in Congo has become the second biggest in history, with a significant spike in new cases noted in recent weeks, as the spread of the virus accelerated. Almost 1,400 people have died of the disease in the last nine months.
Only once before has an outbreak still been growing more than eight months after it began – that was the epidemic in West Africa between 2013 and 2016, which killed 11,310 people.
The Biblical Prophecies (Matthew 24, Revelation 6) foretell that pestilence is a sign of the Last Days revealing we are nearing the end of this age and the coming of Jesus Christ.
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