Hoima In Suspected Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak

There is a suspected outbreak of a Viral Hemorrhagic Fever in Hoima district, which has reportedly claimed the lives of six people in Bugambe Sub County. 

A patient suffering from Ebola being treated
A patient suffering from Ebola being treated (File Photo)

The strange disease was reported in Kiyora village in Ruguse parish on January 17. Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima district Health Inspector says six people have died and eight others are on treatment.

The health inspector could not readily give particulars of the deceased and those on treatment. He revealed that the cases are nucleated, as the affected families neighbor each other.

The disease presents with signs of bloody diarrhea, vomiting and acute headache. An infected person dies within 4-12 hours. According to Byenume, although the disease bears cholera-like symptoms clinical tests have proved negative.

He says when his team visited the area on January 18, they conducted malaria, dysentery and Cholera tests on samples taken from the affected people but all the results were negative.

Stool samples were later taken to the Central Disease Laboratory in Kampala. The results released on Monday were still negative.

Since the eight patients had their symptoms treated, Byenume says the health team is on ground doing active case search, and sensitizing the community on good sanitation practices.

Although there are no new cases registered Byenume suspects the outbreak to be Viral Hemorrhagic Fever. He adds that in case of new cases, tests for Hemorrhagic fever will be taken.

John Bahemuka, the Bugambe sub county LC3 Chairman says the outbreak has put the area on tension, since the deaths occurred in a short time, one after the other.

Meanwhile a critical observation by this reporter indicates that the residents in Kiyora don’t boil drinking water yet it’s collected from hand dug wells.

The village lacks protected water facilities and few homes have latrine facilities. Uganda last registered Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in August last year in Agago district.

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