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Government confirms Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Nakaseke
Both Crimean-Congo Fever and the Rift Valley Fever are viral diseases that are found in livestock but can be transmitted to humans.

On the of 5th January, the Health Ministry dismissed reports of an outbreak of the Crimean- Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in the central district of Nakaseke as had been reported by the district authorities.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine advised the public to ignore the announcement of the disease caused by a tick-borne virus.

 

A day later, doctors under the Uganda Medical Association accused the Ministry of Health of failing to handle the Crimean- Congo Hemorrhagic fever in Nakaseke district and putting the lives of health workers at risk. 

 

The Ministry later made a U-turn and confirmed an outbreak the Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in Nakaseke after samples were taken from a 9-year-old who was under isolation at Kiwoko Hospital and who later positive for the fever.

 

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said that since reports of the outbreak started surfacing in August 2017, four cases have confirmed.

The Minister was accompanied by officials from the world health organization and Food and Agricultural Organization as she made the announcement.

Aceng said measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the districts along the cattle corridor have been taken.

 

Both Crimean-Congo Fever and the Rift Valley Fever are viral diseases that are found in livestock but can be transmitted to humans.