Uganda has banned public gatherings in western Kasese District as officials attempt to contain an Ebola outbreak which has killed two people in the country days after the virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Emmanuel Ainebyona, a health ministry spokesman, confirmed the move on Thursday hours after officials declared that a 50-year-old Congolese woman had become the second patient to die of the disease in Uganda.
Her 5-year-old grandson was the first confirmed Ebola death in Uganda. The boy’s 3-year-old brother also is infected.
The infections marked the first confirmed cross-border cases of the virus in the current epidemic, which was previously confined to the eastern DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces after emerging ten months ago.
More than 2,000 cases have been recorded in the DRC since the start of the outbreak in August, the country’s 10th to date, and more than 1,400 people have died.