Health Ministry Confirms Yellow Fever Outbreak In Masaka

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The declaration follows laboratory tests done at the Uganda virus institute UVRI which confirmed three samples positive of this infectious hemorrhagic fever.

The ministry of health has confirmed that the strange illness that broke out in Masaka district, Buwunga Sub County in Kasaka parish is yellow fever.

A press statement released on Sunday afternoon by the office of the director general of health services confirmed the development.

The declaration follows laboratory tests done at the Uganda virus institute (UVRI) which confirmed three samples positive of this infectious hemorrhagic fever.

The statement also indicates that preliminary reports from the district show that seven new suspect cases have been identified and their blood samples have been submitted for testing.

"The ministry also informs the public that five deaths have been recorded of which one is confirmed case since the onset of outbreak on the 13th of March 2016"reads part of the statement.

Yellow fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease caused by a virus transmitted human to human via an Aedes mosquito bite or to humans from primate reservoir via forest mosquito species.

People who become ill usually present with acute onset of fever with adnominal pain, diarrhea, headache, unexplained pleading and have failed to respond to malaria treatment.

The ministry has since set up a national task force to coordinate all efforts and measure towards control and management of the outbreak.

A rapid team of experts has been dispatched to the district to support both clinical and epidemiological field investigations, developed  sensitization messages on preventive measures to raise awareness about the disease.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).