KAMPALA Con­golese flee to Uganda af­ter vote, rais­ing Ebola fears

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Hun­dreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that coun­try’s trou­bled pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, a Red Cross of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day, height­en­ing con­cerns about the pos­si­ble cross­bor­der spread of Ebola. Sep­a­rately, the head of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion said he has asked the sup­plier of an ex­per­i­men­tal vac­cine to pro­duce more of it.

The refugee in­flux started the day af­ter Sun­day’s vote and since then dozens of peo­ple have been ar­riv­ing at a time, said Irene Nakasi­ita, a spokes­woman for the Red Cross in Uganda.

Some Con­golese try­ing to cross the bor­der were forced back af­ter re­sist­ing the ef­forts of Ugan­dan health of­fi­cials screen­ing peo­ple for Ebola, she said.

Congo’s gov­ern­ment cited the Ebola out­break in the coun­try’s north­east for a con­tentious de­ci­sion to bar an es­ti­mated 1 mil­lion vot­ers from the elec­tion.

Protests fol­lowed, with some peo­ple van­dal­iz­ing Ebola re­sponse fa­cil­i­ties and some aid groups forced to sus­pend work for days.

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