Deadly Measles Outbreak Confirmed in Kampala and Wakiso
The Ministry of Health has confirmed the outbreak of measles in the five divisions of Kampala and the several suburbs of Wakiso district.
A statement released by the ministry this morning, indicates that surveillance and case finding reports show a total of 67 cases have so far been identified, and of these, seven have been confirmed by laboratory tests within the month of July.
The statement released by Prof. Anthony Mbonye, the Ag. Director Health Services further indicates that the most affected age group is that of children less than 1 year.
Measles is an airborne disease that affects both adults and children aged between six months and ten years with symptoms identified as high fever, whooping cough, swelling eyelids, running nose, muscle and body ache.
Measles has been pointed out as a dangerous disease that spreads through air and contact with infected persons.
However, it has been said that measles can be prevented by immunization and vaccination of children.
The public has been appealed to avoid contact with infected persons, take children below five years of age to nearest health facilities and immediately report and take suspected cases to nearby health faculties.
The ministry also calls upon members of the pubic to remain calm as measures continue to be undertaken to control the disease.