A five-year-old boy infected with Ebola has died in Uganda as two of his relatives also tested positive for the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the child died in Uganda’s western Kasese district on Wednesday after travelling with his mother from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) two days earlier. His infection marked the first cross-border case of the virus in the current epidemic.
The infections have prompted WHO officials to weigh whether to declare the outbreak, previously confined to the eastern DRC, a global health emergency.
Medical tests confirmed the boy’s three-year-old brother and 51-year-old grandmother were also infected with the virus, WHO added.
The pair are now being treated in isolation at the Kasese district’s Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit, with both suffering from a range of symptoms including vomiting blood, bloody diarrhoea and abdominal pain.