By Robert Herriman @bactiman63
In a follow-up on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case reported in Uganda yesterday, officials from the Health Ministry say the 5-year-old boy who traveled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and was confirmed positive for EVD has died.
In addition, two additional confirmed EVD cases are reported in Kasese District–the 50 year-old grandmother and three year old brother of the initial case. The cases have been confirmed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute laboratory testing.
They have presented with vomiting blood, bloody diarrhea, muscle pain, headache, fatigue and abdominal pain. They are under care at the Bwera Hospital Ebola treatment Center.
Eight other cases have been line listed and are being followed up.
The US Embassy in Kampala, Uganda released a statement on the EVD cases:
As of June 12, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has confirmed three cases of Ebola in western Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The United States has strong confidence in the Ugandan government’s ability to respond to the outbreak in coordination with partners. The U.S. government has invested heavily in Uganda’s preparations to manage Ebola through both technical and financial assistance, and we will continue to provide assistance to prevent the spread of the disease. For updates on the situation, we encourage you to follow the Ugandan Ministry of Health as well as the World Health Organization’s Ebola situation reports.
The Uganda Health Ministry said WHO, CDC and other teams currently in Bwera, Kasese District to assess the Ebola outbreak. 3,500 doses of Ebola vaccine have been shipped to Uganda and vaccination will begin on Friday.
Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted today: I am reconvening the IHR Emergency Committee on 14 June in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. This will be the 3rd meeting of the committee on this outbreak.