A child in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighboring Congo last year, Uganda’s health ministry said late Tuesday, in a blow to efforts by health workers who for months sought to prevent contamination across the heavily traveled frontier. The announcement puts new pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the Ebola outbreak — the second-deadliest in history — a global health emergency.
Congo has confirmed the first urban case of Ebola in Mbandaka, which the World Health Organization is calling a ‘game changer’ since it can spread much rapidly compared to Ebola in villages. WHO will convene its emergency committee on Friday to assess the increased threat for larger contagion. A total of 44 cases have been reported so far in Congo, killing more than 20.
Scientists discovered evidence for the first time that a female can harbor the Ebola virus for over a year and then infect others. The discovery came after a transmission within a Liberian family. Scientists do not know how the virus hid before re-emerging lethally. Experts believe pregnancy immunosuppression may have triggered a relapse.
In a remote forested part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation has confirmed an Ebola outbreak. It is suspected that 9 people have been infected and 3 people have died so far. The virus which circulates in bats is suspected to be contracted in humans when eating bats, bat guano, or eating the meat of primates that have died of Ebola.