Grandmother dies of Ebola in Uganda

BY: bbc.com

A second person has died of Ebola in Uganda, two days after the government confirmed its first case of the virus in Kasese, a district bordering the Democratic of Republic of Congo.

Health officials confirmed that the 50-year-old grandmother of the child who tested positive on Tuesday died on Wednesday night at the isolation unit where she she was being treated. She is expected to be buried today.

She and other members of the family reportedly got infected after coming into contact with someone who had Ebola and has since died.

A third patient with Ebola, remains in the isolation unit.

Seven other suspected cases are being monitored .They include the parents of the five-year-old who died.

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Uganda has intensified its public campaigns about Ebola and has stepped up screening at all major border points.

It has also suspended all mass gatherings in Kasese district.

A mass immunisation of health workers in the district as well at least 50 people who may have had some contact with suspected Ebola cases or those infected is planned for tomorrow.