The head of the major medical research charity called the latest outbreak of Eboli in Central Africa “really terrible”.
About 1,400 people were killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was worst in 2013-2016 and showed “no signs of a halt.”
A five-year-old boy also died in neighboring Uganda, reports the first case of Eboli’s fever in the country.
The Ugandan government is now reporting seven other suspected cases of the virus.
In a statement, Dr Farrar said that the spread was “tragic, but, alas, not surprising”. He warned that more cases are expected, and a “complete” national and international response will be needed to fully protect life.
“The DRC should not be alone with it,” he said.