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Ebola-infected girl dies in Uganda

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A nine-year-old girl who contracted the deadly Ebola virus died in Uganda, a local Independent newspaper reported citing the ministry of health in the East African state.

According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Bernard Opar, the child died on Friday morning. As the father of the deceased said, he and his wife are still under observation by doctors.

“It was my eldest daughter, we are still trying to arrange a funeral. The medical staff here are in contact with people in the DRC and are trying to decide whether we should take the body (girls) back to the DRC or bury here on state land,” he said.

Earlier, the country’s Ministry of Health reported that a new case of Ebola was detected in Uganda.

According to the Ministry of Health, the disease was discovered in a nine-year-old girl who, along with her mother, arrived in Uganda on August 28 from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where an outbreak was recorded. In the first half of July, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced that the authorities managed to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. Then two people died of fever in the country.

Ebola virus disease is an acute viral infection that affects humans and certain animal species.

The Ebola epidemic erupted in West Africa in 2015 and mainly affected three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. According to WHO, during the last major epidemic, Ebola infected 28.6 thousand people, more than 11.3 thousand died.

The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC began in late July 2018. In July 2019, WHO qualified the Ebola virus outbreak in DR Congo as an international emergency.

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