A Congolese woman who may have spread the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda did not enter Rwanda or the Congolese city of Goma while contagious, the World Health Organization (WHO) said has confirmed on Friday, 19 July 2019.
On 18 July 2019, Uganda’s Health Ministry published a report written by alleging that Congolese woman, working as a fishmonger, was suspected of going to Goma and Rwanda as well as Uganda before she died.
The 22-year-old woman was thought to have crossed the border between Uganda and Congo at an unmonitored crossing point, the reports said. Harris said there no chance she had also slipped into Rwanda without being spotted.
WHO spokeswoman, Margaret Harris said that they have fully investigated the case and established that the lady had travelled to anywhere but Uganda, adding that inaccurate speculations about her fate were unfounded.
She noted that health workers have mounted a massive campaign of vigilance and vaccination on key routes and borders in the region, and have screened almost 75 million people since the outbreak was declared 11 months ago. It has killed more than 1,700 people.
“We are absolutely certain,” Margaret said. “Our team… went across and talked to everybody and tracked it day-by-day. Now in her life she may have gone to Rwanda… but the important thing is she did not spend any time in Rwanda while symptomatic.”
It was extraordinary that a woman with end-stage Ebola had managed to cross the border and sell fish for a day, added Margaret.