Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda

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By Agencies

A 50-year-old woman who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Thursday, the second fatality since the virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The deceased has been confirmed as the grandmother of the five-year-old boy who died. Both victims had attended the burial of an Ebola patient in Congo, but returned to Uganda”, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Uganda’s health ministry said on Tuesday that a woman of Congolese origin, who is married to a Ugandan, had gone with her child and four other family members to take care of her father in the DRC, who later died of Ebola.

Uganda’s health ministry said the family members had been identified and were placed in isolation in Bwera, a town near the border with DRC.

Eight other people in contact with the family had been tracked down and were being monitored, the health ministry said.