Ebola status in East Africa Updated 18th July 2019 We would like to share with you the latest update on the Ebola in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On Wednesday 17th June 2019 the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world. A joint press release by the Ministry of health and WHO state that surveillance teams established that on July 11, a trader with symptoms consistent with Ebola had been in Uganda to buy fish at Mpondwe market in the boarder town of Bwera in Uganda, where surveillance teams established that she had four episodes of vomiting on the day she was in the country. On July 12, she travelled back to Beni and was admitted in the Beni Ebola Treatment Unit on July 13. She died on July 15 after testing positive for Ebola. Contrary to reports in International Media stating that there are cases of Ebola in Uganda, a statement issued by the Government of Uganda confirms at present there is no confirmed Ebola Virus Disease case in Kasese district or any other part of Uganda. The Ministry of Health further affirms that all places of economic and social interaction in Uganda such as national parks and tourist sites are open and accessible to the public, “People are free to visit any place of interest in Uganda,” reads the statement. The Director General of the World Health Organization, Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has previously stated that Uganda has experience in managing the virus and has been preparing for months for this eventuality. He added that this kind of experience and preparedness is vital to prevent the further spread of the virus. For peace of mind we can confirm that none of our staff, volunteers or treks take place near Kasese District. East African Playgrounds regards its participants, volunteers and staff’s safety as paramount. Several measures to prevent any possible spread of the virus have been communicated to the general public, including a request to cooperate with the immigration, Health and Security officials. We will be monitoring the situation closely through our close connections within the Ministry of Health providing us timely updates. We will follow the advice from the British Foreign Commonwealth and British High Commission and at present they have acknowledged WHO declaring the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), but no further action is required, if this changes we shall update this statement and act accordingly. We do not expect that this case of Ebola will have an impact on our staff, volunteers or the trek, however we do have emergency procedures and protocol in place in the event of this changing. If we gain any information that is contrary to this then we will inform you immediately. For the time being our thoughts are also with those affected by the case of Ebola. If you have any questions regarding this statement please contact [email protected] or call Rebeca Lucy on 07982670609.