Ministry of Health Tuesday morning announced an outbreak of Measles in the capital Kampala and neighboring Wakiso district.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary Anthony Mbonye in a statement revealed that so far 67 cases have been identified and seven of these confirmed by lab tests.
All five divisions of Kampala are affected according to the ministry’s statement. The most affected are children under the age of one.
Measles is an airborne disease that affects mainly children aged between 6months and 10 years, although it can also affect adults. It spreads though air and contact with an infected person.
Early symptoms include high fever, whooping cough and red swelling eyelids, muscle and body aches, irritability, running nose, watery eyes and rashes. The symptoms according to the health ministry, last three to four days before the measles rash manifest.
One to two days before the rash, small red lesions with blue-white centers appear on the inside of the mouth and tongue and occasionally on the whites of the eyes or inside the intestines.
PS Mbonye warned, “Measles is a dangerous disease which can cause death. It can be prevented by immunization and vaccination of children. Complications of the disease can be treated by qualified health personnel.”
He revealed that the ministry is currently investigating the spread in Kampala and Wakiso and trying to manage all suspected cases.
The public has been warned to avoid contact with suspected patients and to report these cases immediately at the nearest health facility.
Mbonye also asked the public to remain calm as all possible measures are being undertaken to control the spread.