The Ebola outbreak that has already killed 1,400 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo has by now crossed over into neighboring Uganda and has, according to the head of a major medical research charity become ‘truly frightening’.
Dr Jeremy Farrar said the spread was “tragic but unfortunately not surprising”. He warned that more cases were expected, and a “full” national and international response would be needed to protect lives.
“The DRC should not have to face this alone,” he said.
Meanwhile, a five-year-old boy has also died in neighbouring Uganda, the first case of Ebola reported in the country. The Ugandan government has by now admitted that there are at least seven other suspected cases of the virus already.
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