The study showing that major cases of Ebola seen at present; but the major issue is most of the cases have being detecting in children. Although cases of cross-border contamination have been rare, this case highlights the risk of Ebola spreading across the border into neighboring Uganda and Rwanda. Borders in the region are often porous, and many people traveling at night use bush paths to cross over.
But by this every weekday morning, yet another obstacle stands in the way of 15-year-old Kabowo and hundreds of other boys and girls from the Democratic Republic of Congo on their way to school in Uganda. They must undergo daily health checks for Ebola. Which is tiring, but study getting using to it. It is to stop Ebola from crossing over.
Cross border contamination
An Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has killed more than 2,000 people since last August, health officials said Friday. Ugandans, fearing the deadly virus could breach the porous border, are taking no chances. A nine-year-old Congolese girl who tested positive for Ebola at Mpondwe died early on Friday morning, Yusuf Baseka, the health director in the southwestern Ugandan border district of Kasese, told AFP.
But by this every victim diagnosing with Ebola in Uganda to have died from the hemorrhagic fever. In June, three members of a single family tested positive for Ebola in Uganda after entering from DR Congo. Two died in Uganda, while the third succumbed to the disease after returning to DR Congo. Up to 18,000 people make the journey every day between eastern DR Congo the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak and Uganda, according to government figures.
Victim diagnosing with Ebola
All must be methodically screenings at the border to ensure they are free of the virus. Temperatures are taken and hands disinfected. Anyone recording a fever is kept for additional checks. Among the travelers between the neighboring countries are thousands of school children making the journey alone. Their parents send them from remote and poor villages thousands of miles from the DRC capital Kinshasa, to Uganda, where job and educational opportunities are greater, and cultural and family ties strong.
But the children can be seeing running towards Mpondwe early every morning; some barefoot and in tattered uniforms as they join the rush. Younger children are helping by older students to line up as health workers in gloves; face masks and goggles check temperatures and instruct them to lather hands with sterilizing wash. However, children were also using unofficial routes into Uganda until warning of the consequences.