Dysentery Outbreak Feared in Kabale

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Four people in Kabale have died of dysentery, sparking fears of a widespread outbreak of the disease. The Kabale District Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Tusiime, says the four men were residents of Kaharo and Maziba sub-counties. He says that in each case, the victims had consumed crude banana gin. He suspects that it was contaminated with fecal matter. Tusiime says it is possible that more people contracted the disease and have not reported it to the authorities. He says his office has launched a widespread health campaign to prevent an epidemic. Tusiime says the hygiene standards in Kabale town leave much to be desired. He wants all homes to have latrines and for everyone to be in the habit of washing their hands thoroughly with soap after visiting the toilet and before handling food. Two years ago, more than 30 schools in Kabale were closed for falling short of required sanitation standards. Two of them were closed because of the outbreak of dysentery among students. Dysentery is an intestinal inflammation, especially in the colon, that can lead to severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces. If untreated, it can lead to death. ###