- Uganda's health ministry and the WHO have sent a team to the western town of Kasese to trace likely cases.
- Uganda has been on high alert since the outbreak in the eastern DRC, where more than 2,000 cases of the highly contagious virus have been recorded.
A five-year-old boy is being treated for Ebola in Uganda, the first case since a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo 10 months ago, Health Minister Ruth Aceng said Tuesday.
Uganda has been on high alert since the outbreak across a porous border in the eastern DRC, where more than 2,000 cases of the highly contagious virus have been recorded, two-thirds of which have been fatal.
"An Ebola case has been confirmed positive," Aceng told AFP.
TRAVELLED TO DRC
She said the patient was a boy who had travelled with his family from the western Ugandan town of Kasese to the Democratic Republic of Congo for a funeral, and fell sick upon his return.
"The boy has been taken into isolation unit as have other family members for monitoring. He is receiving treatment," she said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed the highly contagious virus had spread to Uganda, in its second-worst outbreak ever.
"The Ministry of Health and WHO have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Kasese to identify other people who may be at risk, and ensure they are monitored and provided with care if they also become ill," the WHO said in a statement.
According to the WHO, Uganda vaccinated nearly 4,700 health workers in 165 facilities with an experimental drug designed to protect them against the virus.
Uganda has experienced several outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2012, while in 2000 more than 200 people died in an outbreak in the north of the country.
The DRC has struggled to contain the outbreak which was first recorded in North Kivu province on August 1, 2018 and then spread to neighbouring Ituri and has left over 1,300 dead.