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Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Ruled Out in Unexplained Luweero Woman Death

Prof. Anthony Mbonye

The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) team sent to Luweero to establish the cause of death of a 20-year-old woman after unexplained hemorrhage has ruled out viral hemorrhagic fevers.

Google searches show that viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) are a group of illnesses caused by four families of viruses, and they include the Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, and yellow fever viruses.

The lady, according to an August 11 report issued by Prof. Anthony Mbonye, the acting Director General of Health Service, died after blood oozed out of her nose and the mouth. It was on August 7.

She also showed signs of “dizziness”.

Prof. Mbonye says that experts examined “high levels of carboxyhemoglobin (due to carbon monoxide poisoning) that led to the death of the suspected case.”

3 of her house mates who had similar symptoms are still admitted at Bishop Asili Hospital, Luweero, “and are under observation.”

He further notes that the “Ministry of Health team is working closely with the District Health Team to monitor, review and manage these cases.”

Health workers are also being oriented on management and referral protocols of suspected cases, Prof. Mbonye says.

 

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