Pressure was mounting on the World Health Organization today to declare an international emergency after the Ebola epidemic raging the Democratic Republic of Congo spread to Uganda.
Last night it was confirmed that a five-year-old boy had been diagnosed with the deadly hemorrhagic fever in Uganda, the first case the country has seen since the outbreak started in neighbouring DRC 10 months ago.
The child has been isolated in a special treatment center and at least two family members he was travelling have symptoms of the disease, with diagnostic test results expected later today.
The announcement puts new pressure on the WHO to declare the Ebola outbreak – the second-deadliest in history – a global health emergency.
It has twice previously resisted doing so partly because the virus had not jumped international borders.