Officials Concerned as Latest Ebola Outbreak Crosses Border to Uganda


People crossing the border have their temperature taken to check for symptoms of Ebola, at the border crossing near Kasindi, eastern Congo Wednesday, June 12, 2019, just across from the Ugandan town of Bwera. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

According to the Associated Press and the World Health Organization, a 5 year-old-boy died of Ebola in Uganda. He is the first cross-border victim of the latest Ebola outbreak that has killed almost 1,400 people in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The boy and some of his family members crossed into Uganda earlier in the week. Some of his family members, including his 3-year-old brother, tested positive for the disease and are isolated in hospital. Authorities are trying to determine how the family managed to cross the border where health officials have been screening travelers, and believe they may have used less-patrolled footpaths. Their movements highlight the difficulties of keeping the latest outbreak, the second-deadliest in history, contained. A WHO expert committee is determining whether to declare a global health emergency now that the outbreak has crossed into Uganda.

 More from the Associated Press here.