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Northern Uganda on Ebola Alert

Pat Robert  Larubi - 10/03/2014 04:57 CDT

Kampala, Kampala, Uganda

One person has been confirmed dead and 8 others admitted at St. Ambrosoli Kalongo hospital in Agago district after a single test case yesterday confirmed the invasion of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.


According to Dr. Stefano Santini, The chief executive officer Kalongo hospital, the patients from one house hold from Omot sub county were brought to the hospital vomiting and with high fever but were given preventive measures before they were put in an isolation camp.

SOT: Dr. Stefano Santini, The chief executive officer Kalongo hospital says…

Blood sample from one of the key suspect taken to the center for disease control in Entebbe confirmed the existence of the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever but was quick at adding that the condition of the patients had greatly improved and the hospital organizing its self to face more cases as they come amidst shortage of protection gears.

Dr. Patient Nyango, Deputy medical director/Public health specialist working with Kalongo hospital  cautioned the hospital attendants to be vigilant and dispose of all materials used on the suspects as they are highly infections. He further noted that after several attempts to save the lives of those at risk it was unfortunately that they lost one person only identified as Moses.

Medical reports indicates that Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a widespread disease caused by a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) of the Bunyaviridae family, a virus that causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks, with a case fatality rate of 10–40% though it has a short window period of between 1 and 6 days. This will prove whether the doctors in contact are safe.