Why It Matters: This marks a significant new phase of the outbreak and could put more pressure on the World Health Organization to increase its demands for more aid from international governments.
Details: According to the WHO, the child is currently in an Ebola treatment center in Uganda and those who have come into contact with the patient are being monitored.
- Preparing to spread the disease Uganda has already vaccinated nearly 4,700 health workers in 165 facilities, including the one where the child is cared for. Uganda also has experience fighting the deadly virus that claimed more than 1
Background: The WHO and the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo faced difficulties in suppressing the outbreak due to popular distrust of armed rebel groups and violence against health workers.
What they say: " Although unsurprisingly, this is an unfortunate development that shows what we have long feared – that the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could spread across borders and threaten others Countries, "said Jennifer Nuzzo, a high-ranking scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. "Although Uganda has a very good command of Ebola outbreaks, beating Ebola in several countries is far more difficult than a geographically limited one."
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to note that the first case of the outbreak, a 5-year-old child, has died.