2 September 2019
As noted below, FFE monitor and follow FCO Advice. The Health section for Uganda was updated 30 August 2019. The Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed a small outbreak of Ebola in the Kasese District on 29 August 2019. The FCO Health section update states that on the 28 August 2019, the Ugandan Government confirmed a single case of Ebola in the Kasese District.
Referencing other news sources, on 30 August 2019, the Guardian and the Telegraph reported a Congolese girl aged 9 had died from Ebola. CBS news reported that the Congolese girl had crossed into Uganda from the Congo.
FFE will continue to monitor the situation and follow British FCO Travel Advice. There is no FCO warning against travel to Uganda but we will continue to monitor and give periodic updates.
21st June 2019
The Ministry of Health in Uganda have today released a press release which you can see here. Uganda has not registered any new cases of Ebola and there are no new suspect cases under admission.
13th June 2019
Far Frontiers has been monitoring the news of a confirmed Ebola case in Uganda closely. We follow the travel advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as well as consulting the World Health Organisation.
A 5-year-old child from the Democratic Republic of the Congo travelled with his family (5 people) from the Congo on 9th/10th June 2019. They entered via the Bwera border post to seek care from the local hospital as the child was already ill.
His symptoms were suspected as Ebola and he was transferred to the Bwera Treatment Unit where he tested positive for Ebola.
A rapid response unit was dispatched to identify and monitor those who may be at risk (such as the family he travelled to Uganda with) and they are in isolation at Bwera Hospital.
There are no confirmed cases elsewhere in Uganda and the Ministry has released a report to assure Ugandans and other residents that Uganda’s preparedness has been converted into response mode and that the disease will be contained. Ebola spreads through bodily fluids (such as vomit, faeces, blood).
We will continue to monitor these sources in case of new developments. As always, safety and wellbeing of the participants is of paramount importance to Far Frontiers on all of our expeditions. If the FCO were to advise not to travel to Uganda, or to a specific region of Uganda, we will make alternative arrangements which we will discuss with those teams that are booked to travel. We continue to make arrangements for all groups booked to go to Uganda in 2019 and beyond, should the situation change, or the location need reviewing you will be informed immediately.