According to an IRIN report on Reuters from Dec. 18, although the outbreak is now 'under control' in Uganda, concerns are that it could re-emerge in the DRC.
Some 127 cases of suspected Ebola have been reported in Uganda since the highly contagious disease broke out in the country's western district of Bundibugyo in August. Since then, it has claimed 35 lives, including one World Vision-sponsored child and her guardian in the Kasitu program area.
Please pray for World Vision staff members and the children and families affected by this dangerous outbreak.
"Doctors and nurses did not at first know what they were facing, so [they] failed to protect themselves," said an Associated Press report in the Seattle Times on Dec. 6. Since the new Ebola subtype did not exhibit the classic symptoms of Ebola, the diagnosis was slowed.
Because highly specialized skills are required to address this deadly disease, World Vision is looking to the expertise provided by Uganda's Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has dispatched to the affected district a team of epidemiologists, including a laboratory specialist and an infection-control expert.
World Vision in Uganda has evacuated its 65 staff members from our three program areas in the affected Bundibugyo district — Kasitu and Bundibugyo, supported by our U.S. donors, and Rwebisengo, supported by our Canadian donors.
>> Pray for the families who have lost loved ones to this deadly disease, including the families of the five medical workers who have died, as well as the family of the World Vision-sponsored child and her guardian. Pray also for the protection of children and families from becoming infected by the Ebola outbreak in the DRC.
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