Two dead, others isolated as Ebola spreads to Uganda

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A Congolese woman has become the second patient in Uganda to die of Ebola since the virus crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 50-year-old woman was the grandmother of a five-year-old boy who died on Tuesday evening after crossing into Uganda with his family from Congo.

Two other people; he three-year-old brother of the dead boy and a 23-year-old Ugandan man who displayed Ebola symptoms. have been placed in intensive care and isolated.

Uganda has banned public gatherings in the Kasese district where the patients are being treated, Ainebyona said.

The viral disease spreads through contact with bodily fluids, causing haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding.

The current Ebola epidemic began in August last year in eastern Congo and has already infected at least 2,062 people, killing 1,390 of them.

The infections in Uganda confirmed that the deadly outbreak has spread for the first time beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo.




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