This outbreak is the second deadliest on record just behind the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 11,300 people
More than 2000 people are accounted to have died from the year-long Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to government data released on Friday, which also showed that the number of confirmed cases had surpassed 3,000.
This outbreak is the second deadliest on record behind the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa that killed more than 11,3000 people and was officially declared by the government in August of last year.
In the meanwhile, Uganda reported another fatal case of Ebola after a nine-year-old girl who crossed the border from neighboring DRC and tested positive for the disease died on Thursday evening.
The child was held in isolation at a hospital in the Ugandan border district of Kasese- crossed the border with her mother on Wednesday, as stated by Uganda’s health ministry in a statement on Thursday.
The girl was identified by a screening team at Mpondwe border post as she tried to cross to Uganda. According to the screening team, the girl exhibited symptoms such as high fever and unexpected mouth bleeding. A sample of her blood was later on tested positive for Ebola.”Since the child was identified at the point of entry, there are no contacts in Uganda,” the health ministry’s statement said.