June 12, 2019 / 10:17 AM / 14 days ago

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda in first cross-border case from current Congo outbreak

A woman waits next to an ambulance carrying a suspected Ebola patient at an Ebola transit centre in town of Katwa near the Eastern Congolese town of Butembo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

KAMPALA (Reuters) - A five year-old boy has died of Ebola in Uganda, a health official said on Wednesday, in the first case of the disease crossing the border from the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The boy died overnight, the official told Reuters, after entering Uganda from Congo with his family. His mother had returned to Congo to nurse her father, who died of the disease, the health minister said on Tuesday.

The official asked not to be named.

Reporing by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Catherine Evans

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