The Ebola virus has reached Uganda
Congo’s health ministry said a dozen members of the boy’s family had shown symptoms of Ebola while in DRC. They were told to remain where they were staying until transport was found to take them to an Ebola treatment unit in Beni, Dr. Dominique Kabongo, coordinator of the Ebola response teams in Kasindi, told AP. Despite this, half of the family quietly crossed into Uganda, while five of those who remained have tested positive for Ebola since being taken to Beni, the health ministry said.
More undetected cases possible
Medical professionals believe that there might be other cases, as many people are crossing into Uganda from DRC using unofficial border points. They are fleeing due to rebel activities in eastern DRC, hampering virus containment work. Francis Iwa, the executive director of the NGO Care For Forced Immigrants told DW that many people use the dense forests on the borders between Uganda and DRC to cross. “The authorities in DRC block access for these individuals through designated entry points where there are screening facilities for Ebola”, he told DW. “It forces many individuals to cross into Uganda through porous entry points. That’s a problem as you cannot track who is coming into the country.”