approved http://cirnow.com.au/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php geneva;”>The Director General of Health Services Dr. D.K.W Lwamafa says surveillance reports from the investigations undertaken by the Ministry of Health, the district and international partners indicate that 21 people have been affected with 13 deaths since June 21.
The cases have been reported largely from one family in Nyansigwa village in Nyamarunda parish.
“Preliminary investigations show that it is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted from one person to another and can easily cause death,” says Lwamafa.
Samples have been obtained from the cases and laboratory testing is underway in the Central Public Health Laboratory and at the Uganda Virus Research Institute to confirm the disease.
Lwamafa notes the Ministry of Health team, working with partners is already on the ground to support the district to investigate and manage the cases.
“The general public is hereby cautioned to avoid public gathering especially in the affected district and sick people are advised to promptly seek for medical care at the nearest health facility,” cautions Lwamafa.
He added burial of suspicious community deaths should be done under close supervision of district health workers and all suspicious deaths should be reported to the health workers.
“The Ministry reassures the public that the reported strange disease is under intensive investigation and there should be no undue panic in the community,” says Lwamafa.
The Ministry promised to continue updating the public of any new information about the strange disease.