United States health worker monitored as DRC Ebola nears 600 cases

United States health worker monitored as DRC Ebola nears 600 cases

Uganda has resumed Ebola screening for all arrivals from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the border between the two countries re-opened on Monday.

Uganda's ministry of health spokesperson, Emma Ainebyona, said that their staff members were already stationed at all crossing points to carry out screening.

An American health care worker has been evacuated from Democratic Republic of Congo after a possible exposure to Ebola virus, the University of Nebraska Medical Center announced Saturday (December 29).

"We maintain high surveillance and active case search in the community".

The third-largest Ebola outbreak occurred in Uganda in 2000, with 425 cases and a death rate of 53%.

Parts of Eastern DRC are now facing an outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

A USA healthcare worker has been flown to the United States for observation after potential Ebola exposure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the Ebola outbreak has now grown to 598 cases amid violent protests.

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Earlier it was reported that five months after the beginning of the epidemic in the Congo has registered 560 Ebola cases and 336 deaths from the disease.

Dr Peter Salama, WHO's emergencies chief, called it a "sad toll" as DR Congo's health ministry announced the number of cases has reached 426.

The person who is under watch was in Africa for a humanitarian medical mission, and they will be staying at Nebraska Medicine through the up to three week incubation period of the virus.

The physician also received the experimental Ebola vaccine a day after the exposure as a preventive measure.

The disease caused by Ebola virus - an acute viral infection that affects humans and some animals.

The doctor had been providing medical assistance at a missionary hospital in the central African country.

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