Uganda Confirms 3 Ebola Cases After Exposed Family Crosses Border From DRC; WHO Convening Committee To Reconsider Outbreak’s International Emergency Status

Associated Press: 5-year-old boy dies of Ebola as Uganda cases rise to 3
“A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim of Ebola in the current outbreak on Wednesday, while two more people in Uganda tested positive for the highly contagious disease that has killed nearly 1,400 in Congo. The boy, part of a Congolese family who crossed into Uganda earlier in the week, died overnight, the World Health Organization said. Ugandan authorities said the two new cases are his 3-year-old brother and 50-year-old grandmother, who have been isolated at a hospital near the Congo border. Uganda now has three confirmed Ebola cases…” (Muhumuza et al., 6/12).

STAT: Uganda confirms first Ebola case outside outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
“…The news will likely increase pressure on the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The agency’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told STAT he will convene an advisory body — called an emergency committee — as quickly as possible to review the situation and decide whether the outbreak now poses a global health threat…” (Branswell, 6/11).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Case Surfaces in Uganda Despite Efforts to Contain Congo Outbreak
“…The spread of the disease across the border is a major setback for local and international health officials who have failed to contain the Ebola outbreak in Congo’s Ituri and North Kivu provinces, the world’s first in an active conflict zone. The World Health Organization and other groups have worked for months to prevent Ebola from crossing into Congo’s neighbors, including Uganda, Rwanda, and war-torn South Sudan. Their efforts have been hindered by violent militia attacks on Ebola treatment centers and health care workers, as well as by wider community distrust…” (Bariyo/Steinhauser, 6/11).

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