Government Warns of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Uganda

Ministry of Health Director General health services, Prof Anthony K Mbonye

The Ministry Of Health has asked the district health officers (DHOs) in several districts to carry out measures that will prevent the spread of Crimean-congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) after two blood samples from Kiboga and Nakaseke hospitals tested positive to the disease.

The DHO’s in districts of Moroto, Nakapiripiriti, Katakwi, Amuria, Soroti, Buyenda, Kayunga, Luwero, Amolator, Kiboga, Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Kaberomaido, Mubende, Sembabure, Lyantonde, Kiruhura And Mbarara are required to work with the office of the district vaccination officer to strength measures for CCHF control in animals.

According to a statement issued by the acting Director General of Health Services, Prof. Anthony K Mbonye, the DHOs are requested to implement measures to reduce the risk of CCHF infections among humans and intensify the control of CCHF in health care setting.

“You are also reminded to immediately report and investigate any CCHF suspected case in your districts,” Mbonye stated.

The first cases of CCHF, Mbonye writes, were confirmed on the 20th August 2017 when two viral hemorrhagic fever suspect blood samples from Kiboga hospitals and one from Nakaseke hospital tested positive for CCHF.

The statement warns that the risk of acquisitions and spread of CCHF in Uganda is high among communities with in the cattle corridor in what I’d termed as occupational exposure.

It states: “CCHF is transmitted to humans through bites of infected ticks, contact with blood and tissue from affected animals and close contact with bloody fluids of infected persons.”

The statement also indicates that although the disease might not show any visible signs in animals.

In humans, CCHF causes diseases in 10-80% of those affected and deaths in 20%-50%.

Among signs to watch for include Fever, muscle ache, dizziness, neck pain, neck stiffness, backache, headache, sore eyes, nausea Abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.

The general public in the mentioned districts is also advised to keep alert and report and suspicions

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