Epidemiologists in Uganda Detecting a Disease that Took 31 Lives

Epidemiologists in Uganda Detecting a Disease that Took 31 Lives

Epidemiologists in Uganda are still not able to detect a disease that has affected around 96 people till now, including 31 deaths in the northern part of the country, as stated by Uganda's ministry of health on Monday.

Nathan Kenya Mugisha, Director General of Health Services, told that the investigations to find out the causes behind the outbreak were still being carried on. But, he urged public not to develop fears about the outbreak as the health ministry was endeavoring to curb the disease.

Mugisha recommended public that if any suspected case of illness were found then he/she must be taken to the nearest healthcare facility as recovery was possible in a case the treatment was provided readily. He advised people not to touch, handle and eat sick or dead animals. The nearest veterinary or health authority should be informed of the sick or dead animals.

The disease's consequences first came to light in November in four districts namely Abim, Agago, Kitgum and Lamwo. The disease shows symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever, abdominal pain and dizziness.

The initial inspections were carried out by Uganda Virus Research Institute and international collaborative laboratories such as Center for Disease Control in Atlanta United States. They didn't recognize the disease as Ebola, Marburg, Rift Valley fever, Lassa fever, Congo Crimean fever and Typhoid fever.


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