19 August 2009

Uganda: Suspected Swine Flu in Mbarara

Kampala — Another person has come down with suspected swine flu in Mbarara, the first outside Kampala, the Ministry of Health has said.

The head of surveillance, Malimbo Mugagga, however, said the ailment has not been confirmed as swine flu. He said a team was sent to Mbarara yesterday to pick blood samples from the patient for testing. The results are expected today.

The woman, whose identity the ministry has concealed, reportedly travelled to Hong Kong with her husband. The husband has not exhibited any flu signs. The patient has been isolated in her home in Mbarara, pending the results, Mugagga said.

Drugs have been sent to Mbarara for prompt treatment of any other cases that may come up, he added. Relatives who interacted with the patient have been put under surveillance.

The ministry officials could not say when the couple travelled to Hong Kong, when they returned and how many people they could have interacted with. If confirmed, the case would bring the total of swine flu patients to 10 since the first victim was confirmed on July 1.

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