Wednesday 18 September 2019

Congolese girl (9) dies of Ebola in Uganda

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A nine-year-old child from the Democratic Republic of Congo who tested positive for Ebola in neighbouring Uganda has died.

Dr Eddy Kasenda, Ebola representative in the Congolese border town of Kasindi, said the victim will be repatriated to DR Congo.

A Ugandan official at the hospital where the girl had been in isolation confirmed her death overnight.

The girl, who was travelling with her mother, was identified at a border screening on Wednesday as a possible Ebola patient and isolated.

Ugandan authorities believe she did not have contact with any Ugandan.

Ebola has killed nearly 2,000 people in eastern DR Congo since August 2018.

Although the highly infectious disease has proved stubborn to contain inside DR Congo, cross-border contamination has been rare.

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