Health officials in Uganda have confirmed the country's first case of Ebola stemming from a massive outbreak that has been raging across the border in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since August of 2018.
"All the other Congolese family members have been identified and are in isolation at Bwera hospital", said a spokesperson for the ministry, speaking on national television.
In April an expert committee of the WHO decided that Congo's outbreak, while of "deep concern", was not yet a global health emergency.
Six family members then broke away while being transferred to an Ebola treatment centre in Beni and crossed into Uganda while Congolese border officials alerted their Ugandan colleagues, Congo's health ministry said.More news: What Falcons' coach, players said after 3-0 loss to Norway
The boy was accompanied by his Ugandan father and Congolese mother, who had returned to Congo to nurse her father before he died of Ebola, Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told a news conference.
The boy and his family came to Uganda from the DRC and went to Uganda's Kagando Hospital for care.
Results of these tests will be known tomorrow, said Uganda's ministry of health.
Preparing for possible cases of Ebola, Uganda has vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers, disease monitoring has been intensified, special treatment units set up and health workers have been trained to recognize symptoms of the disease, WHO said.More news: Record-Breaking USWNT Roll, Netherlands And Sweden Win Late
The disease is spread mainly through contact with the bodily fluids of those infected. As of June 9, the World Health Organization reports 2,062 cases (1,968 confirmed and 94 probable), including 1,390 deaths (1,296 confirmed and 94 probable) in the outbreak.
For the first time an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine is being widely used, with more than 130,000 doses distributed.
Violent attacks and community distrust have severely hampered outbreak responses in the volatile region.
The East African nation has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers since 2000.More news: Donald Trump Mocks Democrat Theater with 'Loser' John Dean