Rift Valley Fever Outbreak Confirmed in Mityana, Kiboga Districts

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The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever RVF in Kiboga and Mityana districts. So far two people have died due to the deadly virus.

The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Kiboga and Mityana districts.
 
According to a release by the ministry, two samples collected from the two districts were confirmed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on November 21.
 
So far two people have died due to the deadly virus.
 
A 26-year-old male forest ranger from Gogonya village in Kiboga district died of the fever on November 16 after suffering from bleeding tendencies for three days. The deceased was bleeding from mouth and nose, and had sought treatment from St Peters Clinic from Kiboga town.
 
In Mityana district, a 69-year-old fisherman from Gombe Mwalo village passed away on November 21 after bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was admitted in Nama Health Centre II, and the blood sample picked and tested from him also turned out positive.
 
According to Dr Charles Olaro, the Acting Director General of Health Services, the Ministries of Health and of Agriculture are undertaking a number of measures to control the current outbreak including, treating affected and suspected patients. A National rapid response team has been constituted and dispatched to support the districts by increasing surveillance and sensitising the population.
 
Dr Olaro also called for the public to slaughter animals after getting clearance on the safety of the animal, avoid consuming meat from animals that die of unknown causes, avoid contact with people affected by the disease and stay clean.
 
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a viral zoonotic disease that primarily affects animals but can also infect humans. The majority of human infections result from contact with the blood or organs of infected animals. Human infections have also resulted from the bites by infected mosquitoes.
 
To date, no human-to-human transmission of RVF virus has been documented. The incubation period - the interval from infection to onset of symptoms - for RVF varies from 2 to 6 days, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
 
Outbreaks of RVF in animals can be prevented by a sustained programme of animal vaccination.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.