Breaking: Uganda On High Alert As Marburg Outbreak Kills 4

try geneva;”>“This follows laboratory tests done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) which confirmed three samples positive of the highly infectious viral hemorrhagic fever, information pills said Dr Jane Aceng, Director General of Health Services in a statement on Friday.

Preliminary reports from the district indicate that four other people had allegedly died of a strange disease since October lith.

This strange disease has now been confirmed as Marburg. Investigations indicate that all the cases occurred among members of the same family in Kiyonjo parish in Kìtumba sub-county.

Marburg is a killer disease caused by a virus and is spread through direct contact with Wounds, body fluids like blood, saliva, vomìtus, stool and urine of an infected person. A person suffering from Marburg presents with sudden onset of high fever with any of the following; headache, vomiting blood, joint and muscle pains and bleeding through the body openings, i.e. eyes, nose, gums, ears, anus and the skin.

Marburg is a highly contagious disease and kills in a short time but can easily be prevented. “The Ministry of Health is working with stakeholders and other development partners to contain the spread of this disease,” said Aceng.

Some of the measures been put in place in order to limit the spread of this highly infectious disease include dispatching a team of experts to the district to support both clinical and public health investigations.

The National Taskforce has reactivated its rapid response committees to quickly act to any emergencies while the surveillance team has commenced the active tracing and listing of all possible contacts that were exposed to the suspects and confirmed cases.

Aceng says the Kabale District Taskforce has been reactivated to effectively coordinate programs in the district.

The Ministry of Health urges the general public to report any suspected patient to a nearby health unit and avoid direct contact with body fluids of a person suffering from Marburg by using protective materials like gloves and masks, avoid unnecessary public gatherings.


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