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European Union releases Shs10b to tackle Ebola outbreak

European Union releases Shs10b to tackle Ebola outbreak

The next day, a five-year-old was admitted to hospital in Bwera, a border town, vomiting blood before he died.

At the peak of the Ebola crisis in DR Congo past year, the Health ministry said they needed Shs3.4 billion for response and surveillance in the country. Doctors Without Borders last month said as few as a third of new confirmed Ebola cases were linked back to known contacts of infected people.

The first case to be confirmed on Tuesday was that of a five-year-old boy, who tested positive and later died.

The family sent home on Thursday had crossed from Congo to Uganda earlier this week and sought treatment when a 5-year-old boy became unwell.

According to WHO, Uganda has already administered the Ebola vaccine to around 4700 health care workers across 165 medical facilities.

Congo's health ministry says all members of the Congolese-Ugandan family have agreed to be repatriated to Congo for experimental treatments as part of clinical trials.

For months, officials have feared the virus would cross the heavily travelled border where health workers have been screening millions of people for fever and other symptoms.

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According to the WHO, Uganda has vaccinated almost 4,700 health workers in 165 facilities with an experimental drug created to protect them against the virus. Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan have been preparing for possible cases.

Uganda has experienced several outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2012, while in 2000 more than 200 people died in an outbreak in the north of the country.

The WHO panel has used the label "public health emergency of worldwide concern" for only four previous epidemics. The decision in both instances was due to Ebola's containment within the DRC.

The research, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, showed the probability of an individual health worker detecting an isolated Ebola case was less than 10 percent.

The meeting comes as researchers on Thursday said half of all outbreaks of Ebola never get detected because the virus is predominantly confined to remote rural areas of central and western Africa and is often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.

"The unfolding epidemic in the DRC demonstrates how hard it is to stop the disease once it has got out of control, even with global intervention", Emma Glennon from Cambridge's department of veterinary medicine said in a statement.

It is the worst on record after an epidemic that struck Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014-2016, leaving more than 11 300 people dead. Eight others who had been in contact with them were also being monitored in an isolation ward.