Panic As Measles Breaks Out In Kibale District

rx geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>A Senior Health Assistant of Kisiita sub county, approved Edward Wamani, said the 15 victims are children aged between 1 and 13 years and are being treated at Kyabusinge Heath centre and Kitaihuka health centre II in Nalweyo Sub County.

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“The latest measles outbreak was reported about three days ago in the villages of Dembe, Kyabusinge in Kisiita sub county, Bugangaizi constituency, Hoima and Kyankwanzi districts,” Wamani revealed.

Muhamad Kakoza, a father to one of the hospitalised kids, told Chimpreports that his son started showing signs of simple fever before suffering a convulsion over the weekend.

Kibale district Surveillance and Focal Personnel, Suleiman Sanyu, noted that the latest outbreak has struck barely a month after another outbreak in January 2014.

The January outbreak claimed lives of four children in Birembo and Kakindo sub counties.

“The District health department has rushed to the affected areas for blood samples from patients which will later be taken to the national laboratory for further tests,” Sanyu explained.

The outbreak of measles in the district is attributed to the continued shunning of immunisation campaigns by residents.

According to Sanyu, the measles virus can be detected from; skin rash, red eyes, dry cough, and fever adding, that measles is contagious in the first four days before the rash appears and about five days afterwards.

“Measles is caused by a type of virus called a paramyxovirus. It’s transmitted in tiny droplets when an infected person coughs, breathes, or sneezes and if not given early attention, it can easily cause inflammation in the brain tissues.”


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