Ebola Virus Spreads to Uganda

Stephen G. Hall SAVE THIS

The Ebola virus has entered Uganda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that a 5-year-old boy, his 3-year-old brother, and their grandmother have contracted the virus. The 5-year-old boy and his grandmother passed away this week, and the 3-year-old has returned to the DRC with his family. This brings the total number of confirmed infected persons to three, according to NPR.
The boy and his relatives became infected when his mother took him into the DRC from Uganda to visit her father, who was ill. The family subsequently crossed back into Uganda using an unsecured footpath. Doing so allowed the family to evade formal checkpoints where health officials screen millions of travelers since August 2018. Officials are diligently working to increase border security.

Experts have long feared the Ebola virus would spread to neighboring countries due to…

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