Uganda says a traveling Congolese girl has Ebola

August 29, 2019 - 12:33 pm

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan health authorities say a 9-year-old Congolese girl has tested positive for Ebola within Uganda after traveling from Congo.

The health ministry said in a statement Thursday that the child, who is now in isolation at a hospital in the Ugandan border district of Kasese, traveled from Congo with her mother on Wednesday.

The girl, who was showing symptoms such as a high fever, was identified and screened for Ebola at an official border crossing.

An outbreak of the highly infectious Ebola virus in eastern Congo has killed nearly 2,000 people.

In June, a family of Congolese with some sick family members crossed into Uganda. Two of them later died, and the others were transferred back to Congo.