DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 2,000

Uganda confirms another cross-border Ebola case

DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 2,000

Eddy Kasenda, Ebola representative in the Congolese border town of Kasindi, said the girl's body would be repatriated for burial. "It's crucial that local health workers on the frontline get much better training and equipment", the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Reaching 2000 deaths from the current Ebola outbreak is a heart-breaking moment and it is tragic to hear that a 9 year old Congolese girl who was suffering from Ebola in Uganda has died.

The child's blood test was confirmed as positive but authorities think that because she was properly screened at the border checkpoint, there are no further contacts in Uganda.

As of 6 August, a total of 2 781 Ebola cases have been reported in DRC.

Uganda has maintained largely successful screening centres along its border with DR Congo in an effort stop the outbreak crossing the frontier.

Uganda has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola and hemorrhagic fevers since 2000.

She was put under isolation in a hospital in Kasese district, about 470 km (292 miles) west of Uganda's capital, Kampala.

The present outbreak is the second largest in historical past, second exclusively to the devastating West Africa outbreak which killed 11,310 folks between 2013-2016.

In June, Uganda confirmed three index cases of the highly contagious disease who visited the neighboring DRC.

An average of 80 people per week are sickened by the virus, with the Congo's North Kivu province being the hardest hit.

Insecurity has been one factor in a region where rebel groups have fought for control of mineral-rich lands for decades. Building trust with the community doesn't just mean dialogue with the affected population. All responses will be confidential.

World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Christian Lindmeier said on Tuesday: "We are fighting along with all partners on the ground to reach people, to reach contacts, to identify cases as early as possible".

In a remark, the WHO referred to as on worldwide locations and NGOs that experience introduced assist to "increase their presence in the field to stop Ebola and to address one of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in the world". Some communities didn't want us to change the traditional way they buried people - despite the risks associated with handling the dead.

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