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First case of Ebola reported in Uganda

The first case of Ebola has been reportedly confirmed in Uganda.

A 5-year-old Congolese boy traveled to Uganda with his family where he was diagnosed on Tuesday.

More than 2,000 cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the outbreak 10 months ago. Almost 1,400 people have died from the disease.

The boy crossed the border on Sunday with his family and after he began showing symptoms, which included vomiting blood, was taken to a Ugandan hospital where the Uganda Virus Institute (UVR) confirmed the diagnosis.

A rapid response team have been dispatched by the health ministry to identify others who are at risk of contracting the virus.

The Ugandan Health Minister Jane Rush Aceng said in a news conference that the boys family are being monitored, who of which have begun showing Ebola-like symptoms.

Around 4,700 health workers in Uganda have already been vaccinated against the disease.