Rwanda issues fresh Ebola alert following disease outbreak in Uganda

Wednesday June 12 2019

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Uganda's ministry of health on Tuesday announced that Ebola had broken out in the country after tests from a five year old boy in Kasese district neighboring Ebola-hit eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo turned positive. PHOTO | SEARCH 

By Xinhua

Rwanda's health ministry on Wednesday issued a fresh Ebola alert following an outbreak of the disease in neighboring Uganda.

Uganda's ministry of health on Tuesday announced that Ebola had broken out in the country after tests from a five year old boy in Kasese district neighboring Ebola-hit eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo turned positive.

Rwandan residents and visitors should seek timely medical attention at the nearest health facility whenever a person experiences Ebola-like symptoms such as high fever, bleeding, diarrhea and red eyes among others, the ministry said in a statement.

Rwanda's preventive measures against Ebola remains in place including conducting community awareness on the disease, screening of travellers entering Rwanda as well as capacity building for case detection and control, it said.

It further called on public transport companies and hoteliers to help enforce preventive measures and local leaders and community health workers to sensitize residents to be vigilant and avoid visiting places where the disease has been reported.

No Ebola case has been reported in Rwanda, the ministry confirmed.

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