Another Measles Outbreak Confirmed in Amuru

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At least 32 children have been isolated for treatment in various health facilities in Amuru and Gulu districts. Atiak Health Center IV is treating 13 cases while 17 are in St. Marys Hospital Lacor in Gulu.

A new outbreak of measles has been confirmed in Amuru district. 

At least 32 children have been isolated for treatment in various health facilities in Amuru and Gulu districts. Atiak Health Center IV is treating 13 cases while 17 are in St. Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu.


More two of the children are in Otwee Town Council Health Center III in Amuru town council. 

Amuru district secretary for health Apollo Geoffrey Okello says the new cases were isolated from Pawel parish in Atiak Sub County, Akurukwe and Palami parishes in Lamogi Sub County and Otwee Town Council last week.

Samples from the children tested positive for measles in Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI in Entebbe.


The district has formed a district disease surveillance task force headed by the district health surveillance officer, Milton Okello, attached to Atiak Health Centre IV to monitor, sensitize and report suspected cases of measles for investigation and diagnosis.

Dr Patrick Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer says that the district health department is in touch with the Ministry of Health on the management of the confirmed cases. 

It is unclear what strain of measles has been confirmed in the northern Uganda district.


Last year, the Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of German measles in Uganda. It was controlled with mass vaccination of children in the country.

In April, the Ministry of Health confirmed and treated more than 40 cases of measles in Amuru district before declaring another outbreak in 26 districts across the country.

In neighbouring Omoro district, Ministry of Health is investigating suspected cases of measles according to Dr Robert Ongom. 

The World Health Organization-WHO says measles is an acute and highly contagious viral disease that occurs primarily in children below the age of five years. It is marked by runny nose, dry hacking cough, conjunctivitis, inflamed eyes, watery eyes and sensitivity to light.