DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Crosses into Uganda

Ebola crossed a dangerous threshold this week as Uganda confirmed a new case—in a 5-year-old-boy who arrived from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the WHO reported yesterday.
 
Uganda has seen Ebola before, and it has been preparing—vaccinating nearly 4,700 health workers in 165 facilities, including the Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit that is caring for the boy, and stepping up surveillance.
 
But the development will likely renew calls for the WHO to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, Helen Branswell says in STAT. An emergency committee will meet in the next couple of days to make a decision.
 
So far, the committee has stopped short of naming the DRC’s outbreak a global health threat—specifically noting it hadn’t crossed borders—and warned that the declaration could in fact inflame the situation further, Branswell reports.

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